Updated: Jan 19
This Sunday we reflect on the significance of Jesus' first miracle, the turning of water into wine. This miracle grounds and informs all the others. God, through his Son Jesus, wills to transform us (and all creation) by his grace. God does not merely forgive and redeem, but makes all things new and even better, through his saving activity. As George MacDonald writes, "there is glad significance in the fact that our Lord's first miracle was this turning of water into wine. It is a true symbol of what he has done for the world in glorifying all things. With his divine alchemy he turns not only water into wine, but common things into radiant mysteries, yea, every meal into a eucharist, and the jaws of the sepulchre into an outgoing gate. I do not mean that he makes any change in the things or ways of God, but a mighty change in the hearts and eyes of men, so that God's facts and God's meanings become their faiths and their hopes." The encouragement for us, whenever we recognize that we have "run out" is to offer to Jesus the water of our lives in the certain hope that he will transform us. The Apostle Paul explains a little what this transformation looks like in the Epistle for this Sunday.
Readings (The Second Sunday after Epiphany): You may access the prayer and readings by following this link.You may read the RSV and ESV translations of the readings here.