Thought of the day
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Christmas Weekday (January 7th)

Saint Ephrem (c.306-373), deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church Commentary on the Diatessaron XII, § 1-2

Christmas Weekday (January 7th)

Commentary of the day 

Saint Ephrem (c.306-373), deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church 
Commentary on the Diatessaron XII, § 1-2

“What you have done is keep the choice wine until now.”

Our Lord multiplied loaves of bread in the desert and, in Cana, he changed water into wine. In this way he got people used to his bread and his wine until the time when he gave them his body and blood. He let them taste a perishable bread and wine so that the desire for his life-giving body and blood might grow in them… He attracted us by means of those things that are pleasant to the palate so as to draw us even more to that which gives life in full to our souls. He hid sweetness in the wine he made so as to manifest to his guests what incomparable treasure is hidden in his life-giving blood. 

As his first sign he gave a wine that gave joy to the guests so as to show that his blood would give joy to all nations. For if wine plays a part in all of earth’s joys, in the same way, every true deliverance is linked to the mystery of his blood. He gave the guests at Cana an excellent wine which transformed their minds so as to let them know that the teaching with which he would quench their thirst would transform their hearts. 

This wine, which was only water at first, was changed in its earthenware jars, a symbol of the first commandments which he brought to perfection. The transformed water is the Law brought to its fulfillment. The people who were invited to the wedding drank what had been water but without tasting that water. In the same way, when we hear the former commandments, we taste them not with their former savor, but with their new one.