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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 01/16/22

The "better wine" of Cana "tells us that God wants what is better for us, he wants us to be happy," says Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis reflected on the many details of Jesus’ first miracle — when he changed water to wine at the wedding feast in Cana — saying that the “better wine” that Jesus created symbolizes that “God wants what is better for us, he wants us to be happy. […] The joy Jesus brought to their hearts was complete and disinterested joy, a joy that was not diluted!”

Considering this “first of Jesus’ signs,” the Pope made a practical invitation.

I want to suggest an exercise to you that would be very good for us. Today, let us try to rummage through our memories, looking for the signs the Lord has accomplished in my life.

Let each of us say: In my life, what are the signs the Lord has accomplished? What are the hints of his presence, the signs he has done to show that he loves us?

Let us think about that difficult moment in which God allowed me to experience his love… And let us ask ourselves: what are the discrete and loving signs through which he has allowed me to feel his tenderness? When have I felt the Lord nearer to me? When have I felt his tenderness and his compassion more?

Every one of us has these moments in our personal history. Let us go in search of these signs, let us remember them. How have I discovered his nearness and how did it fill my heart with great joy? Let us relive the moments in which we have experienced his presence and Mary’s intercession.

May she, the Mother who is always attentive as at Cana, help us treasure the signs of God’s presence in our lives.

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