The Eucharist is something we as Catholics often take for granted. The Eucharist is something that is difficult to accept. How can ordinary bread and wine really be transformed into the body and blood of a man who lived 2,000 years ago? Why do we do this week after week? What’s the point?
The Wedding at Canamay be an unlikely place to begin our meditation on the Eucharist, but the story is important in showing us the nature of Jesus’ mission on earth. The story speaks of there being six ceremonial water jugs so that the people could perform their ceremonial washings. In Scripture, the number six is always a number of imperfection, or in this case, being incomplete (7 is the number of perfection, and 6 is short of 7). As a whole, the Gospel writer is saying that the Old Law is incomplete and lacking. Jesus orders the jugs filled and they are miraculously changed into wine. The wine is referring to the abundance of life we have in God. The important thing here is that Jesus is fulfilling the Old Law (filling the ceremonial wash jugs) and is going to give us a New Covenant (represented by the wine), replacing one reality with a greater reality.