The Wedding at Cana
John 2.1-11 (New Revised Standard Version)
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.
I love this story in John, the first story in the gospel is a miracle, that Jesus doesn’t really want to do, but his mum wants him to do. Ever had one of those moments where your mum wanted you to do something and you didn’t, but because she was your mum you did it? I certainly had when my mum was still alive….
But notice he doesn’t call her mum, or mother, but woman! Was that exasperation, or frustration or even anger? We don’t know, but she still tells the servants to do whatever he tells you to do. Wow, what a woman of faith she was. We don’t know what he had been doing around the family home, but his mum had been watching him all through his growing up years and knew he was supposed to be doing something big for God.
So, the servants did as they were told by Jesus, again, notice that the bridegroom nor the chief steward knew anything about the wine running out. This would have been a disaster for the families and the wedding party. They filled up 6 stone water jars with water and then Jesus told them to draw some out and take it to the chief steward.
He was astonished because the ‘usual thing’ was to serve the best wine first and then when people had drunk a lot, the inferior wine would come out as it didn’t matter by then what it tasted like. But this wine….this wine was even better than the good wine they had drunk at the beginning of the party.
What does this say to us here in the 21st century… I want to suggest that 1) it doesn’t matter what your role is, it was the servants who saw this miracle, not the bridegroom nor the chief steward. 2) There are always better things to come when you follow Jesus because his power is over all other powers, 3) Listen to what Jesus, through the Holy Spirit is saying to you and do it, 4) With God nothing is impossible & 5) Sometimes your mum really does know best!!
For all your goodness to us, we thank you and bless you,
For the attention to being better rather than just mediocre, we glorify you
Help us to listen more, to dwell with you more, to really know your voice speaking to us
In Jesus name we pray.
(Prayer by Rev Dot Gosling).
Team Vicar and Hub Leader
(Church Wigan/Central Hub)