Key verses 7-11: 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.
The shepherds were the first to kneel at the feet of the Jesus and now the identity of Jesus is being made clear to an ever expanding community. The circle gets bigger and more people witness the manifestations of God’s love through Christ.
This is yet another Epiphany story. It is at this marriage feast where Jesus performs his first miracle. Joy radiates through this feast as people celebrate together with some of the best wine. These epiphanies get larger, stretching to include more and more in the community. The light of Christ permeates the dark corners of people’s lives, so much so that people travel just to reach out and touch this man. These epiphany stories reveal to us who Jesus is, where he is to be found and invite us to follow. These epiphanies get more vivid until we are included in them. We begin to find ourselves among believers in all times and all places, drawn in relationship to the light and joy that emanate from the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
God of endless light, make me wise enough to live in the light of your love so that I might be part of your epiphany story. In your Son’s holy name. Amen.
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