January 18, 2004 - Human Relations Day

John 2:1-11

    [1] Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there. [2] Jesus and his disciples were guests also. [3] When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus' mother told him, "They're just about out of wine."

    [4] Jesus said, "Is that any of our business, Mother-yours or mine? This isn't my time. Don't push me."

    [5] She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, "Whatever he tells you, do it."

    [6] Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. [7] Jesus ordered the servants, "Fill the pots with water." And they filled them to the brim.

    [8] "Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host," Jesus said, and they did.

    [9] When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn't know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, [10] "Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you've saved the best till now!"

    [11] This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

[The Message]


1. When is your time not your time? When Mother Mary calls, you let it be.

2. Do "ritual washings" remind you of baptism? Ought not Jesus swoop down and baptise such dangerous acts as the sexual component of relationships? What is this business of deepening the revalry with the best wine ever? As you reflect on this it may have something to do with the way in which we fear issues of sexuality and what a surprise it is to have Jesus party down rather than bring folks up short.

3. As surprising as the shift from water to fire, last week, is the shift from water to wine. Instead of beginning with the cleansing nature of water, the miracle that is Jesus begins with the gift of community party - a party of new relationships and hopes - a party of love. The fire of the Spirit comes not as a destructive element, but a joyful, continuing gift. Can we be as surprising in our situations and let such a redefinition of life's meaning shift from doing right to doing well? It is a glimpse of glory when we can get away from "my time" running the show.