Scripture Reading: John 2:1-3
Signs and wonders are given to us to reveal Jesus’ glory, and for no other reason. When Jesus arrived, He was met with mankind’s universal problem — They had no wine! Wine is always symbolic of joy in the Bible, and this is the area that always starts to deteriorate first as we face the day-to-day problems of life. Wine is not easy to produce and it has a lot of beneficial uses.
It is a beverage primarily made from fermented grapes. Grapes grew throughout ancient Palestine. Right now in Israel, the grapevines are blossoming. So this is a good time for us to understand this principle. Even in areas with limited rainfall, enough dew fell at night to support thriving vineyards. Wine was produced by pressing the juice from the grapes in large stone vats with a small drain at one end. The juice was collected in troughs, poured into large jars, and allowed to ferment while stored in cool, rock cisterns. In New Testament times, wine was kept in skin flasks and was often diluted with water. It was also used as medicine and disinfectant. Scripture condemns drunkenness and overindulgence, but pictured wine as part of the typical ancient meal.
But what was Jesus’ action? First, He commanded the servants to bring the water pots to Him. As living vessels, we must first present ourselves in our current state to the Lord. Don’t feel ashamed or unworthy to approach Him. Our Lord came that He may save the unsaved; the sinful. So go to Him today for the infilling of His Spirit.
Jesus then requested, “Fill the vessels to the brim.” If we will give Him what we are, He will change us into what we should be. If we will pour out all that we have—our dreams, our hopes, our plans for the future—He will fill us with joy unspeakable and full of His glory! Hear Blessed James Alberione: “As someone harvests fruit with one hand and clings to the tree with the other so as not to fall, in this way cling to God, who is the tree of life. Cling to God! Feel His presence! Love him! When God enters a soul, it is enlivened by amazing activity and initiative. And this initiative, this giving of self, is always a wise self-giving.”
Let us end this reflection with this prayer: “Jesus, I thirst for Your new wine in my life. Refresh me. Make me new so that I may contain Your new wine. Fill me with unspeakable joy. Amen.”
MASS: VIOLET Wis 2: 1a. 12-22; Ps 34: 17-18. 19-20. 21. 23 (R.19a); Accl. Mt 4:4b; Jn 7:1-2. 10. 25-30
1. “O Lord, You know my weakness and impotence, and You know that it is impossible for me to lead a truly Christian life without Your grace which renders everything easy. I beseech You Holy Father, to grant me this grace, so that I can persevere in the Christian life to which You have called me, Amen.”
Exercise: Meditate on the action of our Blessed Mother in the whole event.