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“Everyone is interested in marriage. If the human heart does not have enough love in its heart, it seeks out those who are in love. The most famous marriage in history was at Cana, because Our Blessed Lord was present there.”

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

The wedding at Cana symbolizes the covenant love of Christ the bridegroom and the Church, his beloved bride. This union of Christ and the Church develops the marriage symbolism of the Old Testament that God is bound by a covenant to his chosen people. But for Christians, the miracle Jesus performs at Cana also has a deep Eucharistic meaning. This miracle, which took place near the celebration of the Jewish feast of Passover, foreshadows Jesus’ own Paschal Mystery, when Christ the true lamb offers himself for our sins. The new wine at the wedding at Cana, like the multiplication of loaves, is a prefiguration of the New Covenant, in which Christ gives us his flesh and blood for our food and drink.

Lord Jesus, transform the mere water of our lives into rich, choice wine. May we rejoice in your faithfulness, confident that in moments of true need you always provide with abundance. Amen.

Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP, Eucharist
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