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The Christmas—Epiphany Mystery

Reflection Week of January 17

"This was the first of the signs given by Jesus. It was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen and his disciples believed in him.  John 2: 1-12

The other historical event celebrated in the feast of the Epiphany is the marriage feast of Cana. This event suggests the intimacy of divine union under the symbol of marriage. The marriage feast of Cana, at which Jesus changed water into wine, is loaded with spiritual significance. First of all, the historical event was the revelation of Christ to his closest followers. The Gospel says, "They saw his power and believed in him." The spiritual significance of the event is the consummation of the marriage of Christ to human nature in those who have heard the remote call, made proximate by the acceptance of faith, and entered into divine union as a personal experience. This is the goal of the Gospel. It is not merely a historical document. It is a spiritual document with an interior dynamism that moves us as we exercise our faith into a view that penetrates all appearances. The full development of faith is the accessing of the divine presence within us and submitting to its transforming power. The spirit of God, present in Christ, begins to manifest us. We make the grace of Christ's incarnation, passion, death and resurrection actual by our consent.

Excerpt from Awakenings chapter 19, by Fr. Thomas Keating

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