Women In the New Evangelization = that’s WINE!
I’m happy to be contributing to their blog this week!
Catholics believe in the fantastic, the miraculous, and the infinite!
God. Love. Forgiveness. Friendship. Heaven.
Friendship with God of the universe! Joy for eternity!
Truly, this is the stuff of celebration!
I’m a wine drinker – and a wine lover! One of my favorite sounds is the hearing the pop signaling the release of a cork from a bottle. It’s a cue for celebration – sometimes lavish and sometimes simple! Our earthly celebrations bring meaning to life.
All of our family’s most important celebratory moments happen in the context of good meals with wine – sacraments, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, job promotions, engagements, marriages, victories large and small. And there is a prayer of blessing for each occasion! Besides the food and drink, we also discover the blessing in the love of the people gathered there. In these simple earthly rituals we find nourishment and refreshment, and the presence of hope and love.
It is no wonder that Jesus desired to bring us his love in a way that would be a daily reminder of the reality of his true presence – a way to miraculously make his sacrificial love accessible and experiential.
With his friends, at the Last Supper, Jesus offered his very self through the ancient Jewish blessings of bread and wine…