Though for the Week – 3.2.22

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Most people know about the Wedding Feast of Cana. The meaning of the story has little to do with marriage but rather is a symbol of the Feast of Life; it is to do with Jesus’ promise: I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.

There is a tendency to live as if the wine had run out; without sparkle, without fullness of joy and gratitude for the gift of life. We all go through periods when mere survival is an achievement. O for the freedom and peace to live lightly! That full aliveness comes when we can just be who we actually are.

The abundance of wine is God’s relationship with us. We can be who we are when we are in the presence of someone we trust. The more we trust God and sip of his wine, the more we can relax into who we are. To the extent that we trust Reality as loving, we know that no matter what we have done or not done, what we are capable of or not capable of, He is going to go on loving us. Darker episodes of self-knowledge rather than causing anxt and self-reproach will, in the presence of God’s love, bring us a freedom and an energy that will bring us to life in a new way.

To savour the flavour and impact of the wine of Cana will provoke us to thirst for even more.

Monsignor James MacNeil, Oban