January 15

John 2:1-5

“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.” vss.1-2

The opening prayer in the Lutheran marriage service begins with these words, “Eternal God, as you gladdened the wedding in Cana of Galilee with the presence of your son, so by his presence now bring your joy to this wedding.” What it doesn’t say is that Jesus brought gladness to the marriage feast by providing gallons of the finest wine that anyone there had ever drunk. It’s a fun story and we can be glad that John chose to include it in his gospel, especially since it’s the first thing John has to say about Jesus’ ministry. We can almost imagine the scene–Jesus and his disciples dancing in a circle singing Hava Nagila, lifting cups of wine, and toasting the bride and groom with shouts of L’Chaim. It was most certainly a joyous and festive occasion. Some pious folks might find it hard to imagine that Jesus ever danced at a wedding, but there’s really no reason to think that he didn’t. When the Light came into the world joy flowed into all aspects of daily life, and it’s wonderful to know that marriages are an occasion for divine laughter. Being a follower of Jesus is a serious matter, but sometimes we also get to party with him!

Thought for the Day: Why do people love good wine?

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