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February 5, 2020:   John 2:1-12

 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 10 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.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.
 
QUESTION: What is the significance of this first miracle?
 
In the gospel of John the first miracle of Jesus is the miracle at the wedding celebration at Cana.  This was not a healing miracle but rather one of extravagant hospitality; saving the couple from the embarrassment of running out of wine at an important celebration in their lives.  I am wondering today if the significance of this first miracle is that underlying the ministry of Jesus is a spirit of hospitality and extravagance - an openness to all people; an abundance of grace.  What better way to signify this than to overflow a celebration?
 
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