Daily homily thoughts, 12/27

There is a beautiful, ancient tradition that takes place each year on December 27th that dates back to the earlier days of the Church. Traditionally the faithful bring a bottle of wine to Mass and present it for a prayer of blessing (not consecration) after communion time. Then, all share fellowship after Mass and make a toast. One person offers the toast to the other with the words, “to the love of St. John”.  The other replies, “Where there is love, there is God.” This tradition is rooted in the legend that someone tried to poison St. John (the only apostle not martyred) by contaminating his wine. He drank the deadly drink but was not harmed. Additionally, the celebration has its origins in the poetic and beautiful way St. John describes the Eucharist in his Gospel.