DAY ONEVISION: WHO AM I?THE 1ST SIGN (2:1-11) - "I AM THE TRUE VINE" (15:1)
The first narrative part of John forms the "Beginning" of the reader's experience. John followsthe same pattern of the Genesis (seven-day creation), by giving hints of the process of becoming followers of the Logos Incarnated. Look at the structure of mediation: each onecomes to Jesus through another person, except perhaps "Philip".The marriage in Cana is the peak of the experience of following Jesus. The disciplesare invited to experience, recognize, and have faith in the manifestation of the Glory of God.The mystical union between God and the human soul is usually expressed through images of marriage (Canticle of Canticles, Hosea etc.).The theme of "union with God" related to this sign is the expression "I am the truevine". Each of the disciples is a branch of the vine. Again here we have the image of anintimate union between Jesus and his disciples. Each one is reminded that he/she is a branch; if he/she remains united to the true vine, than he/she can produce fruits, otherwise ......It is perhaps good to reflect deeply on this reality, we are only branches, we are notthe vine itself. St. Ignatius used the term
instrumentum conniunctum cum Deo
, an instrumentdeeply united to God. However, in our life as apostles we may have the tendency to considerourselves as masters and not disciples, as vine and not as branches, as God and not as creatures.Hence, the anxieties, fear, anger, impatience and so on, which reign in our life.The retreatants may take each pericope in itself as points for prayers, from theBaptist's testimony, the first disciples and so on (Jn 1:19-51), leading each participant to thepericope of Wedding at Cana.