“Everyone serves the good wine first. They bring out the second-rate wine only when the guests are drinking freely. You kept the good wine until now.”
Epiphany means “manifestation.” It is the season of God showing us who God is through Jesus. There was the manifestation to the shepherds, to the Magi and to those present at the Baptism of Jesus. Now we come to the first miraculous sign in the Gospel of St. John—the story of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding.
Picture the six huge empty urns of water. Until Jesus shows up, everything is empty! Even the number six is the number of what is not complete—like having a week with only six days: the seventh day, the Sabbath, makes it complete as God makes all things whole.
Get involved in this story, standing with heart open and ready—like the empty urns—to see what Jesus is up to. Is there anything about your life that is similar to what is happening in this story? Take a look and think about this; watch and wait for Jesus to fill your heart, in case you’re feeling a bit empty theses days. Spend your day as though you are at the wedding reception with Jesus, his mother and his disciples.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Waiting in my emptiness v. 6
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the Third Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north. Year C
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…