God’s Overflowing Grace
The first recorded miracle of Christ, where He turned water into wine at a wedding at Cana, demonstrates that marriage and family play a paramount role in the mystery of our redemption. Having chosen to be born from a marriage, Christ also chose to show publicly His power and glory for the first time on a wedding occasion. It also shows the important role of Mary, who prompted Christ to intervene of behalf of the wedding parties, as intercessor of God’s graces. It also illustrates the need for us, as servants of God, to fill our own proverbial jars for God to intervene in our own complicated lives and to heed the advice of the Mother of God to do whatever her Son tells us to do.
The overabundance of wine in this story goes beyond the wonderful story of the couple who, after being spared of the troubling misunderstanding between their respective families about the wine, should have lived happily ever after. In Scriptures, the wedding banquet is used as the image of God’s kingdom. God’s people is often referred to as his bride. Christ is presented as delighting in his bride, that is, the Church. The miracle story is a sign that with Christ’s coming into our world, a new and wonderful age has come, a time of great abundance and overflowing blessings. This miracle story is a powerful story of God’s grace and presence in our life. With God’s sharing of our humanity through Jesus Christ, we share God’s divine life. God offers us the gift of a share in his life, the gift we call grace.
In our midst, we see God’s gifts and graces manifested through the generosity and love of our fellow believers who willingly share their time, talent and treasure to build and strengthen our community. The efforts of our volunteers who constitute the bulk of our workforce in this community are a testament of God’s overflowing grace and blessing for us. As a community, we have to more expressive of our gratitude for God’s graces and gifts by becoming more faithful stewards of our life and its bountiful resources.
As we continue with the new year, let us resolve to be more conscientious of the use of the world’s resources and the talents with which God has gifted us. Let us be more gentle with the personal relationships we have with one another.