A Manifestation of Joy

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Readings for January 7

Saint Raymond of Penyafort, Priest – Optional Memorial

[T]he headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. John 2:9c-11

In John’s Gospel there are seven “signs” that Jesus performs that reveal His power and glory. This, the first of His signs, reveals much to us. As the story goes, the wine at the Wedding of Cana runs short, the mother of Jesus intercedes with Him, He asks the servants to fill six stone jars with water and that water is immediately turned into wine. And it’s no ordinary wine! It’s wine of the highest quality.

Wine is a symbol of the superabundance of God. It reveals true celebration and joy. Jesus, offering them the best of wine in abundance, reveals that He has come to fill us with an abundance of the most perfect joy.

Wine was also eventually used as a medium of the Precious Blood that Jesus would pour out for the forgiveness of sins. We receive this abundant gift every time we receive Holy Communion.

As we approach the conclusion of the Christmas season and the beginning of Ordinary Time, allow this first miraculous sign of Jesus to speak to you. Let Him tell you that He came to fill your soul with an abundant joy. And know that all He brings you is given to you through the glorious intercession of the great Mother of God.

Lord, I thank You for the abundant life of grace that You offer me. I thank You for this, the first of Your miracles, and for the message You send to me and to all Your followers. Help me to put my eyes on Heaven and the superabundant life of joy that awaits me there. Jesus, I trust in You.

See also: Daily Reflection on Divine Mercy


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