Bartolome Esteban Murillo c.1675
Oil on canvas 179 x 235 cm
Gallery: Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, UK
Sunday, January 20, 2012
Epiphany number three—The Marriage Feast at Cana. John places this event on “the third day.” The number three is a symbol of completion.
Jesus came to give life in this first moment of glory. Notice the signs of non-life—no wine…no wedding festivity. We do not even see the faces of the newly weds. No water is in the huge earthen pots that lie empty, lifeless; there are likely cobwebs among them. There are six—the number of incompleteness.
Jesus moves at the command of his mother. The pots are filled to the brim with water, drawn out as wine. New life flows.
From your emptiness, Jesus longs to draw forth new wine. One condition: “Do whatever he tells you.”
The Reading for Today
This is the Third Week in Epiphany, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of St. Luke.