In my opinion it is no coincidence that that first miracle of Jesus was at a party. The wedding fest is a well know story, it’s the one where Jesus turns water in to wine. He makes the finest wine ever, and all in attendance knows it.
In fact through out the bible we hear stories of celebrations, God created us to celebrate the achievements of others, to wish them well, and God’s blessings. Jesus, I am sure celebrated important moments with his friends, I am sure they held parties and enjoyed the company if others.
Being Catholic means celebrating life, all aspects of life, we not only celebrate the holy days such as Christmas and Easter, but also the secular days such as the 4th of July or Memorial Day. We gather together for a BBQ or have a nice home cooked dinner with family and friends. I am sure Jesus and his family and friends did the same.
The bible has a lot to say about celebrations, the wedding fest was most likely a 3 day event filled with great food and drink, we read in the Old Testament about Holy Days that lasted days, with all kinds of preparation leading up to the main celebration, and when the day arrived, they where more then ready to celebrate with family and friends.
Well I just had such a time, for the last few weekends my sister and I have been preparing for her daughters graduation. We cleaned the house, re-painted, hung the pictures, laid carpeting, did yard work, created new gardens and the list goes on and on. The day before the party we ran around like chickens with our heads cut off. Doing all the last minute things that need to be done, and the day of the party, more of the same; Then the party hits, and the celebrations begins, and we are more then ready for the celebration.
We gather with family and friends, have good food and drink, and celebrate the accomplishment of one creation of God, we celebrate her life lived and yet to be lived. The day is hers and all the attention is on her.
As for my sister and I, we bask in her glow and sit down with a cold beer and sigh a sigh of relief, we are done, the celebration is on and the preparation is over. My sister has done all she can for her daughter, she is now an adult, ready to lead her own life. In a few more weeks she will be off to University and will continue her life journey. But until then, my sister can relax knowing she has done a good job, and the celebration was as much for her daughter and affirming her accomplishments as it was for my sister.
Although we didn’t turn water in to wine, no true miracle was preformed and the party was not 3 days long, we considered it a great success. But it would have been cool if water was turned in to wine, or if someone would have walked on water. But all in all, a great time was had by all.