In this chapter we look at the wine as a sign of celebration. This is a different gift from the bread, which was a sign of our basic needs. so, when we come to the Offertory, we are bringing our basic needs, as well as our happiness and celebration and know that God will bless it all.
Talk about that at the Eucharist, we are nourished by food and drink and that this is Jesus giving Himself to us.
Think about the branches of the vine, throughout the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the whole Mass we are offering ourselves to God as one body, joined together by love.
It is a chance to prepare them for the idea of tasting wine at their First Holy Communion.
We want to emphasise that Mass is a celebration – a party. We come together to celebrate, as the body of Christ, and as part of a family tree (the vine), where we are connected to Jesus. The food and drink we share connects us.