The Good Wine Last

At the wedding at Cana the master of the feast expresses his astonishment that – contrary to custom – the good wine has been served last. The good wine that was transformed from water through Christ’s help.

Just like the master of the feast we do not usually expect the best at the end. We live in the natural, material world and we are used to that things decline toward the end. Everything that is alive will face decline and death. We expect the good, the best, when the world around us is fresh and young. We expect the best for ourselves when we are young and in full possession of the powers of youth.

But we also know that there is another stream inside us that goes against the natural laws, against the powers of age and death. In us there is something that grows younger and better the longer we live.

Here we are part of a different world order than the one governing the natural world. It is a cosmic order that Christ brought to us in the mystery of Golgotha. His cosmic deed goes against the laws of nature as we know them: He is the life that grows out of death, he is that which rises out of destruction, he is the power of newness hidden in that which is old.

He is the best that comes at the end and at the same time the beginning of something entirely new.

What he touches and permeates with his love will not stay as it was – nothing he permeates with his life-giving power can get lost or ever be destroyed – including ourselves.

This contemplation by Rev. Contreras was inspired by John 2, the Wedding at Cana.