Wedding Feast of Cana
Faustus of Riez
This excerpt from an Epiphany Sermon by Faustus of Riez (Sermo 5, de Epiphania 2: PLS 3, 560-562) is used in the Roman Office of Readings for the Saturday between the Feast of the Epiphany and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Faustus of Riez was one of the lesser known of the Early Church Fathers. For an overview of the Early Church Fathers, click here.
On the third day there was a wedding. What wedding can this be but the joyful marriage of manís salvation, a marriage celebrated by confessing the Trinity or by faith in the resurrection. That is why the marriage took place "on the third day," a reference to the sacred mysteries which this number symbolizes.
Hence, too, we read elsewhere in the Gospel that the return of the younger son, that is, the conversion of the pagans, is marked by song and music and wedding garments.
Like a bridegroom coming from his marriage chamber our God descended to earth in his incarnation, in order to be united to his Church which was to be formed of the pagan nations. To her he gave a pledge and a dowry: a pledge when God was united to man; a dowry when he was sacrificed for manís salvation. The pledge is our present redemption; the dowry, eternal life.
To those who see only with the outward eye, all these events at Cana are strange and wonderful; to those who understand, they are also signs. For, if we look closely, the very water tells us of our rebirth in baptism. One thing is turned into another from within, and in a hidden way a lesser creature is changed into a greater. All this points to the hidden reality of our second birth. There water was suddenly changed; later it will cause a change in man.
By Christís action in Galilee, then, wine is made, that is, the law withdraws and grace takes its place; the shadows fade and truth becomes present; fleshly realities are coupled with spiritual, and the old covenant with its outward discipline is transformed into the new. For, as the Apostle says: The old order has passed away; now all is new! The water in the jars is not less than it was before, but now begins to be what it had not been; so too the law is not destroyed by Christís coming, but is made better than it was.
When the wine fails, new wine is served: the wine of the old covenant was good, but the wine of the new is better. The old covenant, which Jews follow, is exhausted by its letter; the new covenant, which belongs to us, has the savor of life and is filled with grace.
Thy good wine, that is, good precepts, refers to the law; thus we read: You shall love your neighbor but hate your enemy. But the Gospel is a better and a stronger wine: My command to you is: love your enemies, pray for your persecutors.
Be sure to check out Dr. D'Ambrosio's article on the Wedding Feast at Cana.
To download and print this reading by Faustus of Riez
For more Catholic resources to feed your faith, visit the Crossroads Initiative Homepage.
To sign up for our free weekly e-mail with Dr. D'Ambrosio's commentary on the Sunday readings, liturgical feasts, updates on where Dr. D will be speaking, a chance to WIN a FREE CD and MORE, CLICK HERE!
Feast of Faith - 2 DVD set | Resource on the Eucharist
In this enlightening, four-part adult faith formation series developed for the Eucharist, Dr. DíAmbrosio offers profound reflections on the nature of the Holy Eucharist Ė the ďsource and summitĒ of the Catholic faith. Don't forget the amazing workbook!
The Early Church Fathers
A society characterized by the loss of respect for life, violence, exotic religious cults, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, and even pedophilia. Sound familiar?
Early Church Fathers like St. Athanasius succeeded in bringing a Pagan society to Christ. If we pay attention to what they taught, we will succeed in doing the same for our own de-Christianized society!
Album 1: The Apostolic Fathers and Irenaeus
Album 2: The Apologists, Ambrose, and Augustine
Early Church Father 2 DVD Setó$44.00
Early Church Fathers 2 CD Setó$18.00
Great Adventure Bible Time Line Catholic Study by Jeff Cavins --24 talks on DVD
The Bible Timeline provides a clear understanding of the underlying Scriptural narrative, which is essential to all Bible reading and study. The 24-part Bible Timeline Bible Study dives deep into the Biblical story. A combination of individual reading and study, group discussion, and lecture commentary guides participants as they read through the 14 narrative books of The Bible Timeline and discover the meaning of each in light of the whole.
Great Adventure Bible Time Line Catholic Study by Jeff Cavins- Bible Study PackThe Bible Study Pack for the Great Adventure Bible Timeline Catholic Scripture Study includes the 33Ē full-color chart, the Bible Timeline seminar workbook, the full-color bookmark, the memory bead wristband, Study Questions and Responses and large Binder to keep all your notes together!