Sunday, January 20, 2013

Scriptural Observation

Something I noticed for the first time in today's Gospel. I've probably heard the story of the Wedding Feast at Cana dozens of times, but this is only just now registering.

And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from . . . the 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.”

Of course, Jesus is referred to as "the bridegroom" all throughout Scripture. Take today's First Reading, for example. It occurred to me today that this passage has a very Old Covenant/New Covenant ring to it. God provided the Jews with the former but later revealed the latter to all the world. He saved the good wine for the appropriate time later on.

I'm sure someone else has thought of this before. Just surprised at how it seems so obvious, yet I'm just now catching it.

1 comment:

Mark of the Vineyard said...

What came to me today with this reading was somewhat akin to that. The fact that St. John calls to attention that the water was for ritual purification. The way I understood it - Christ turning the ritual water into wine is to be understood as His fulfilling the Law, His fulfilling all Jewish sacrifices in Himself, in the most holy Eucharist.