The mystery-filled flip side to the fast is communion.
Jesus speaks of us abstaining from food. And he also speaks of us eating a supper in remembrance of him. One of the things about mystery is that it calls us to consider wider contexts and connections, even if we can’t quite express these connections in words.
There is mystery in Jesus words and actions about blood, water, and wine.
It’s no big secret that Jesus first public miracle was the turning of water into wine. But It’s worth contemplating this in terms of what happens later. For example, there is the Lord’s Supper: Wine is no longer just wine, but it is Jesus’ blood. And there is Jesus telling us that he is the living water, and if we drink from him we will never be thirsty.
I don’t think this is precisely a cycle. It’s a little more like an apparent duality, except it’s with 3… A triality?
Jesus coming into the world is his turning the water into the wine. And his death is the turning of the wine into his blood. And his blood is the living water, from which we can drink and never grow thirsty.
I think that there are many aspects to this mystery. I think it’s worth noticing that our boring, natural lives, outside of rebirth and Jesus are water. But there is something in the process of going from grape to wine that is emblamitic of Jesus’ sacrifice and our own rebirth. In the age before wine was made thousands of miles away and purchased at a store, they would have been much more in touch with this. The grape is smashed, killed, destroyed. That which lay dormant within the grape is released through this death… and it combines with something else, in the process of fermentation, to create a substance which, when imbided, brings us outside (a little bit) of our mundane reality.