Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wedding at Cana and Baptism and Eucharist

I was getting my daughter settled in for her nap and as always I read her a bed time story. This time I read her a children's Bible story book. We just happened to read the story of the Wedding at Cana because it was the first story in the book.
As I was reading, I thought about the water turned into wine and how I had been taught that the blood and water from Jesus' side at the Crucifixion. I wondered if there was also a Baptism/Eucharist connection to the Wedding at Cana. It would make sense, after all marriage is a covenant and we enter the New Covenant through Baptism and renew it in the Eucharist.
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I found this page from Agape Bible Study. There was an information overload all about the Wedding of Cana and the significance of every part of it from the Scriptures, Jewish Tradition and the New Covenant. Please read through it and read for yourself, but I want to share this snippet regarding the water and wine as Baptism and Eucharist:

...Only the miracle at Cana has no parallel in the Synoptic Gospels.  The event is unique.  It is the event of the first sign performed by Christ inaugurating the New Creation and the first Sacrament of the New Covenant Church, the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. On the 7th day of the New Creation Jesus was present at the wedding at Cana just as God was present at the first marriage in Salvation history.  His presence was a sign that He blesses the love between a man and a woman united in the covenant union of marriage.  The Navarre scholars sum up Jesus' presence at Cana this way: God instituted marriage at the beginning of creation; Jesus confirmed it and raised it to the dignity of a sacrament...
Wine flowed from holy water vessels at the wedding at Cana and at Calvary blood and water flowed from the holy side of Christ, God's vessel of sacrifice, giving birth to the New Covenant Church in the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist.  Christ is the Bridegroom of the New Covenant Church and John's other great book, The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ to John, also known as The Book of Revelation, ends with the Marriage/ Wedding supper of the Lamb when Christ takes the New Covenant people as His bride in fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy.  Cana and Calvary are linked to Mary, the virgin daughter of Israel (Zion) and to Christ the Bridegroom of the new Israel, the Holy Catholic (universal) Church, the spotless virgin Bride of Christ.

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