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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Epiphanies: Wedding at Cana

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 me and to you? 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 person in charge of the banquet.” So they took it. When the person in charge tasted the water that had become wine and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), that person 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. ~ John 2:1-11

Of all the ways to reveal the Divine in him, Jesus chose this one?

Or actually, his mother did.

In the other gospels, Jesus first miracles were some kind of healing.

Here in John, he turns water into wine. He makes sure that the hosts of the wedding banquet aren't embarrassed - humiliated even - by running out of wine for the party.

And he does so because his mother asks him to.

I love that this miracle is so ordinary. So unexpected.

What are the ways we miss seeing God because they are in the unexpected? What are the ways God might nudge us to get us to notice the divine in the ordinary - things as ordinary as water and wine?

What are the ways that we miss the divine because we don't pay attention to what someone is trying to point out to us?

God is certainly in the healings and the ocean and the sunrise and the mountains.

But God is also in the small things. The ordinary things.

The things we tend to miss unless our hearts and eyes are wide open.

Help me to see you in all the places in my life that I sometimes miss. Amen

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