Sunday, January 20, 2013

Life of the Party

In today's Gospel, we read of Our Lord's turning water into wine at a wedding in the village of Cana. It's worth lingering for a moment on one detail of the story. Of the containers holding the water that Jesus would turn into wine, the Gospel tells us:
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
-- John 2:6

Six twenty gallon jars would have yielded 120 gallons of wine. That is far more wine than could have been needed. It is superabundance. Exuberant, joyful, even playful superabundance. Enough for a very long, very lively party. God's love is like that.

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