Thursday, January 13, 2022

Friday prior to Epiphany 2


John 2:1-11–The custom is to prepare an invitation list for a wedding. The invitation signifies you are important to the one inviting you. It indicates further that you are wanted. The unknown couple in the Gospel put Jesus on their invitation list. And they could be glad they did!  Jesus honors them with His presence. He met their needs of wine. He saved the reception from failure. Have you invited Jesus to come into your marriage, your work, your life?

For many, life is empty. Our lives may be as empty as the stone jars. When we come to Jesus, as Mary did, for help, Jesus not only fills us up to the brim, but gives us an excess. The six stone jars provided 120 – 180 gallons of wine!  Note, too, the generosity of Jesus in feeding the 5,000 – twelve baskets were left over. Jesus is able not only to meet our needs, but to exceed them.  

Without wine, the rabbis had said, “there is no joy.” Thus a situation of considerable embarrassment if not disgrace has risen for this couple and for Mary the mother of our Lord, who apparently had considerable responsibility for the wedding feat arrangements.

The statement, “they have no wine,” is a request for help, not necessarily the expectation of a miracle.  Just like the Nike commercial, Mary told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do. “Just do it!” She had learned to respect His words. If the servants had not obeyed, there would have been no wine out of water. A miracle will take place in our lives when we “do whatever He tells us.  To obey is a test of faith when the command seems illogical and ridiculous. The need was wine and Jesus commands getting water! He has other seemingly illogical demands: “Give and it shall be given you,” “He who loses his life shall find it.”

A prayer for newness of life in Christ–Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon ourselves the armor of life, now in the time of this mortal life, in which Your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility, that in the last day, when He shall come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal.[2] -14 January, 2022

[1] Wedding at Cana, copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

[2] Collect for newness of life in Christ, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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