Water into wine

The gospel story this Sunday was about the wedding party at Cana in Galilee at which the wine was running out.

St John tells how Mary asked Jesus to help, and he turned 6 large jars of water into wine – around 120 gallons of it! And not just any old plonk but the best vintage.

But John wants us to see more than the miracle that happened that day, he wants us to see a deeper significance.

For John, the six jars of water turned into wine represent the imperfection of the Jewish ceremonial cleansing and law. John wants us to see how these are transformed by the overflowing abundant God’s grace in Jesus.

What he wants us to understand is not that Jesus once turned some jars of water into wine; he wants us to see that whenever Jesus comes into someone’s life there comes a new quality which is like turning water into wine.

If you have been finding a time in which you settle quietly and say “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (see last week’s reflection) what have you noticed? What has changed? This week ask God to help you notice what he wants to transform in you.

If you have more time, you might like to read the story of the wedding at Cana (St John chapter 2 verses 1 to 11) and imagine you are there. What strikes you? How would you respond when Mary says to you ‘Do whatever he tells you.” and what difference would it make?

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