Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lent by the fireplace

Giotto, The Wedding at Cana
Last night, after a light meal at 6.30 (the kumara soup was judged a success) 11 of the Cathedral community gathered around the Deanery fire for the Lenten Studies on John’s gospel.  

Our attention focussed on the first of the ‘signs’: the wedding at Cana with the transformation of the wine into water.  We began to appreciate the distinction between ‘sign’ and ‘miracle’ and quickly moved on to share thoughts on the reality of transformation as Christ works in our lives and in various situations.  As we are changed, so are others.  

The transformation of water into wine, suggests the ‘openness’ of matter and that it may become far more than we have previously imagined; metaphorically it speaks of how our understanding of the world and ourselves is radically enriched through our life in Christ.

After everyone had gone and the dishwasher was loaded, Christine and I sat chatting by the fire.  It was a grace laden moment as we reflected where the journey of faith has taken us and what transformation may come to mean in the life of our Cathedral community.

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