The Good Wine is the Life of Faith in Christ Jesus

“Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” — John 2:10

Eventually, no matter how much we think we want something — be it a relationship, a child, a job, a vacation, a house, a car — the “new” wears off. Like wine at the beginning of a celebration, we partake deeply of what is new and good; we enjoy it and we give ourselves over to it.

Soon enough we are benumbed to it. You still love your spouse, but the first flush of excitement is over and you discover that the relationship — or the child — brings with it a great deal of work, and sometimes stultifying routine. Ditto with the longed-for job and the house. The vacation may be delightful but eventually you’re ready to sleep in your own bed and, like the car, it can never love you back.

Ordinary Time. The simple day-to-dayness of it all can begin to seem like serving after serving of an inferior wine that gives you just enough buzz to keep you sipping, but not tantalized.

But Jesus is the Bridegroom whom the maître d’ proclaims to have saved the good wine for that time — the time when newness has passed and reality leaves us weary or bleary and just a little bit bored. When we think nothing is new, he makes all things new, serving the good wine of himself. After the things we desire have been chased down and played out, we look around for something that re-assures our spirits with the ever-ancient and then allures us with the ever-new — all of it contained within the person of Christ Jesus, who sought us and seeks us even to this very moment.

It is within our natures to chase after what is before our eyes, and to reach for what will, for a time, fill a void and elevate our mood and our charity. But there is always a dulling and a let-down. And then we turn to Christ, and discover once again, the better wine there, waiting.

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  • Victor

    (((And then we turn to Christ, and discover once again, the better wine there, waiting.)))

    Tell me another “ONE” Victor cause ya know that he doesn’t really exist, does he NOW?

    Don’t be so silly sinner vic, “Jesus” does exist and if ya don’t believe me, myself and i, just ask our “Souls”.


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  • Manny

    That’s a really good insight. I like that.

  • Cry, Beloved Country

    Your post reminds me of the sundial in my garden, with its quotation from Robert Browning:

    Grow old along with me!
    The best is yet to be,
    The last of life, for which the first was made:
    Our times are in His hand
    Who saith “A whole I planned,
    Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”

    The Lord Jesus saves the best for last.

    I like your suggestion that He has saved the good wine for Ordinary Time. Thank you.