“Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
– Headwaiter to the Bridegroom at the Wedding of Cana (Jn 2:10)
This Sunday these familiar words might go in one ear and out the other as your priest or deacon proclaims the gospel. We are so used to the headwaiter’s words that we have reduced them to the slogan, “Save the best for last.” What we might miss is that our headwaiter has unwittingly put the biblical narrative into one little phrase. We serve, worship, love, and follow a God who saves the best for last.
Remember that all throughout scripture God is portrayed as the bridegroom of His people (see Jn 3:27-29). So listen to the headwaiter’s words addressed to THE Bridegroom, the God-Man, who at a wedding feast manifested his first miracle by providing the best wine. Are the Eucharistic images hitting you over the head yet?
At the Eucharistic table we are gathered around the heavenly wedding feast. We recall the mana, the first bread God gave, in the Eucharistic prayer’s line, “Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall” (see Ex. 14:4,12-15). Yet, now we are given the new mana! We receive the new Bread from Heaven! A gift that is not an it, but a Him. He saves the best for last!
So as you approach the Eucharist remember that God saves the best for last. Do not restrict Him, don’t tell Him he can’t do more or that He can’t do better. He is a God of surprises because He saves the best for last. Let Him bless you with the best.