Well, Christmas has come and gone and we never quite got round to writing a blog entry about our visit to Narnia, our Christmas meal or the now traditional Cafe Church Christmas game (it’s hard enough coping with students desperate to take home the star prize, let alone trying to explain to a 5-year-old that all the gifts she thought she had have just been given to someone else). As Epiphany almost escapes us it’s time to write something.
Epiphany is all about God being revealed in the world. We started early in the week by asking people to take photographs of their everyday places, of the ordinary places they spend their day, the familiar objects that are in those places. As people arrived these images were displayed on the screen.
We then looked at the story of the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11). God is revealed to an unsuspecting crowd gathered for a party. Although it was a celebration event and special because of that, it was an ordinary place, where people thought they knew what was supposed to happen. That led us to thinking about how we encounter God in the everyday.
Sat around our tables, over the usual coffee and cakes we picked up the Ignatian idea of an Examen exercise and shared with each other ‘for what am i most grateful?’ and ‘For what am i least grateful’ (or a variation on that – where did i feel most alive/most drained today). After a discussion that took us quite deep into how we really feel where we each were in life we headed into another (warmer) room.
Here we had a contemplative reading inspired by the Wedding at Cana story. The reflection came from here
After we’d finished pondering on the story there was an invitation to head into the chapel and pour a glass of water and prayerfully ask God to refresh those parts of our life that were dry. There was also a small piece of paper on which we were invited to put a cross and then place in our purse or wallet as a reminder that God is with us, meeting us in the ordinary and everyday. All we need to do is open our eyes.