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8. TO PRESERVE

"Every man at first sets forth the good wine, and when they have drunk freely, then that which is poorer. But thou hast kept the good wine until now".

Preserve love for every season. This is what reason dictates. And the Host praises the wedding party for keeping the good wine until the very end. This is not very prudent. The wisdom of love allows it to persist when it seems all is over. The miracle of transformed love, costs those who stay...despite or in spite of circumstances, in spite or in spite of reason, in spite of...in spite of...those who stay because of...the love they have received and keep. Like servants carrying water, faithful witnesses of transformation.

7. THE TASTE OF THE GIFT

"Draw out now and take to the chief steward."

"That which I have; even that which I do not have. Someone always needs it." - wrote the priest-poet.

The miracle of the wedding takes place in the offering. The gift received begins to shine when it is given. The Good News of new life in Christ cannot be lived alone. One can only celebrate the transformation together, in relationships, in community. To "draw out and take" means to be for the other, to share ourselves, to taste together the joy of the new wine.

 

 

6. THE BRIM

"And they filled them to the brim."

The shore, the horizon, the border, the brim... Everything known so far. Behind them everything else, foreign unknown.

And we are still on our way. We bounce off the shore, we go to the horizon, we cross borders... we discover, we learn, we grow. Allowing ourselves to be filled "to the brim" with His grace allows us to engage in life even more. Filled, saturated

and nourished by the presence of the Lord, we can open ourselves to the unknown, to the other, to what is to come.

5. THE WATER

“Fill the jars with water”.

To abide when all around is darkness and meaninglessness. To believe when unbelief seems a closer, when unbelief seems a closer and more reliable support. To search for meaning at the bottom of the jars of one's own helplessness. Is it worth it?

Only if you trust the word. "Fill...!"

That's it. Every day anew, fill the lack and the emptiness. To carry the water of one's own humanity and to pour it into the jars of everyday life. And again, and again... And wait and believe that the Lord will change the water into what He needs to manifest Love.

To pour the water. To fill the heart. Maybe this way we become servants of the Gospel?

 

4. THE STONE

"...six stone water-jars were placed there, after the Jewish manner of purification, each holding two or three measures”.

The stone is safe. It suffices for itself. Closed, cold and stony.

The heart is dangerous. It is not enough for itself. Open, hot and pulsing.

Is it always able to love?

Only the tenderness of God can cleanse a stone. And it comes unexpectedly

and surprises with its effect. Love is to keep giving and offering a heart petrified by selfishness

and fearful heart and to receive a new "heart of flesh" touched with tenderness.

"God is greater than our heart," - wrote the apostle. "Two or three measures" is no measure for His love. To allow ourselves to be purified is to learn to love without measure.

3. Acceptance

 " Do whatever he tells you "

Hearing the Word of the Lord. Believing that everything is possible. And to fill this Word with one´s own breath, prayer, creativity, life ...

The change begins with the accepting - of your own lack and that of the Word filled with the power of the Lord.

Then "whatever He tells you" becomes a life mission and a task that we want to fulfill for Him.

2. LACK OF…

"And when the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus says to Him: "They have no more wine." - Let us try to read Jesus´ answer the following way: "Is this my business or yours, woman? Has my hour not yet come?"

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1. THE INVITATION

"On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to this wedding."

It has been almost a year since we have been keeping our distance, limiting our meetings, contacting each other virtually, putting off invitations for some time "later"... But the wedding of our life is still going on.

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