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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Today’s Reading | John 2:1–12
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days. (NRSV)
Miracles are seemingly everywhere in our world. Sometimes these occurrences are as obvious as a sunrise or receiving good news. More often than not, though, modern miracles are hidden deep within our complicated existence, and many times miracles go completely unnoticed in our lives.
This passage from John is a Bible story that almost everyone knows: Jesus changing the water to wine in order to serve the masses. The whole concept is seemingly such a blatant example of miracle that it could be difficult to even fathom. Do things like this really happen, like some David Copperfield trickery? You be the judge.
The real miracle, again, is hidden, and within this passage is described with few words: “He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.” Simple and direct, but it lays the groundwork for everything to come in the life of Jesus, and it ultimately becomes two miracles that all Christians share as one body: belief and support.
Some would say that additional wine can make a party that much more exciting, but what they drank-in at Cana that day quenched our thirst forever.
In this season of Lent, and always, let me not forget the way Jesus satisfies so many of our needs. I pray and he is always there to answer and quench my thirst with anything needed, even hidden miracles. I ask and shall receive his love—my cup never runs dry. Amen.
Written by Ryan Loeckel, Coordinator for Worship, Music, and Adult Education
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