The sign at the wedding at Cana continues the revealing that is the Epiphany experience. The infant Jesus has been revealed to the Gentiles and the whole world in the Epiphany itself; Jesus has been revealed as God’s Son, the Beloved in his baptism; now, Jesus’ glory as God With Us is revealed through direct experience.
Family and friends gathered for a wedding and all the attendant celebration. Jesus and his mother (not called Mary here) were there, presumably, because they were kinfolk. When the wine ran out, the family’s honor was on the line. Jesus’ mother did not tell her son what to do; she simply said, “They have no wine.” Jesus decided on his own to give directions to the servants and then to draw out some water-now-wine for the steward to taste. The steward’s words to the bridegroom indicate that he believed the good wine to have been held back, not miraculously produced. The gospel writer concludes the episode by telling us that here Jesus “revealed his glory” and that the effect was that “his disciples believed in him.”
The disciples have already decided to follow Jesus. They have given an intellectual assent to his authority. But have they really experienced his power as the Son of God before this point? If not, then clearly they do from here on out. Their understanding of who Jesus is and what he came to do is transformed.
As we share the disciples’ experience in the revealing of Jesus’ glory, we are nudged to ask ourselves if we have really experienced his glory in our lives. Where? How? And did that revelation change us, change our understanding of Christ in our lives? We can all agree, at a level of rational assent, that Jesus is God’s Son. Consider this week the ways you have experienced his glory and power in your life.
This Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock we will gather in the church to worship together in one of the oldest and most beloved liturgical forms of the Anglican tradition-Evensong. The beautiful language of Evening Prayer from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer will be accompanied by musical settings composed by women. The lessons will be taken from the Authorized Version of the Bible. It will be a sublime experience, a wonderful way to close the Sabbath and to begin your week. Please join us.