Read 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.


From Rev. Sarah Webb, Wheeling, WV

Nothing about this story is small.  Jesus had the servants at the wedding fill six stone jars with water.  Each jar could hold twenty to thirty gallons.  Do the math.  When the chief steward tasted the water-turned-to-wine, he became excited.  Not only was it wine, it was good wine — the choice quality of wine that frugal hosts would not waste on late-hour wedding guests.

Frugality, however, did not seem to be one of Jesus’ virtues.  He was not a Messiah intent on holding back.  Like when he fed the five thousand and had baskets left over.  Like how his love knew no limits.  The miracle at the wedding in Cana marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry according to the Gospel of John.  Its extravagant proportions set a tone for the expansive scale of Jesus’ ministry to come.  Here was a Messiah bringing a salvation that would not be contained by the smallness of our old ways.  God’s glory will always find a way to shine.


Great God of abundance, we are awed and humbled by the extraordinary gifts

you offer to us in our ordinary days.