Today's Gospel is the wonderful story of Jesus turning water into wine. Some of my good Norwegian forebears really didn't appreciate this story. They were deep pietists who opposed any drinking. They weren't quite sure what to do with a Lord who would not only make wine, but 120 to 180 gallons of it!
But the focus of this reading isn't so much on wine as it is on the announcement that Jesus is the Messiah. There are Old Testament passages that proclaim that when the Messianic Kingdom comes, there will be an abundance of food and drink. The Messiah will bring in a new fullness and grace. Jesus now appears, and in this first miracle he makes more wine than a wedding party would possibly drink. It is a sign, a fulfillment, of the fullness that God is about.
This same Messiah comes for us and calls us into new life. May we live in the abundance of Jesus Christ.
Holy Jesus, you are the source of the abundant life. Lead us to live in and share your grace. Amen.
John 2:1-11 (NRSV)
1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."
4 And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come."
5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
6 Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim.
8 He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it.
9 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
10 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."
11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.