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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 5, 2022

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FRIDAY, August 5

John 2:10-11 “Everyone serves the good wine first…But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory.

What embarrassment for the host—to have the wine run out during a crowded wedding celebration! In Jesus’s day, you couldn’t just hop in a car and drive to the store. Mary, his mother, who knows who Jesus really is, turns to him for help. And he transforms water into wine.

While we celebrate this as his first miracle, it is also a portent of Jesus’s public ministry. Since every step brings Jesus closer to the cross, the wine he gives them will eventually be his blood. This miracle didn’t just help the host to please his guests; in a more profound sense, this miracle is a sign of our own redemption.

Jesus is with us in the most unexpected of ways, turning the water of our lives into the good wine of a rich, satisfying, and energized existence. In a very real sense, we are indeed his guests, and he is our host. His presence is with us always, offering us the celebration of a new life.

MOVING FORWARD: Reread this lesson through the lens of the eucharist. How does that change your understanding of this miracle?

PRARY for the Diocese of North Mbale, Uganda

Ps 88 * 91, 92 | Judges 9:1-16, 19-21 | Acts 4:13-31 | John 2:1-12

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