Scripture: John 2:1-12
Key verse: (11) Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Reflection: In the gospel of John, Jesus’ first miracle is when he turned water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana. Here Jesus appeared to be a reluctant miracle-worker. When his mother told him that the hosts had run out of wine, Jesus dismissed her. His mother persisted and the miracle unfolds.
Standing nearby were stone water jars used in the Jewish rites of purification, likely to wash hands before and after meals. Each jar would hold 20-30 gallons of water. Jesus told the servants to fill the jars with water and somehow that water was transformed into wine. We don’t know anything about how it happened but now the party had 120-180 gallons of very good wine. (A Medieval commentator suggested that the water recognized its creator and blushed.) That wine becomes a sign, the first sign in the gospel, pointing to the identity of the one who performed the sign. A sign is a clue that heaven and earth have intersected in a transforming way.
This sign reminds us that Jesus is God’s extravagant, abundant, full, “lavish beyond our imagining” presence in the world. Jesus has more love, more grace, more power, more truth, more life than we have ever encountered before. The presence of Jesus transforms ordinary things into extraordinary things and transforms ordinary people into extraordinary witnesses of love. God is not stingy. God does not dole out doses of love in little tiny cups. God’s feast doesn’t run out of abundant grace. The good wine of God’s presence flows with abundance.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you have poured out your love for me in Jesus Christ. When I am reluctant, make me generous in sharing your love and grace with the world. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].