As we continue our annual journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written personal meditations. Each will be accompanied by a corresponding scripture reading, and be linked to that passage in the Holy Bible. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please submit your personal meditation by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey, day by day, to its glorious culmination on Easter Sunday.
Scripture reading: John 2:1-12
Early in His ministry Jesus, with His mother and disciples, attended a wedding in Cana of Galilee. During the festivities, the wine ran out. The mother of Jesus Said to Him, “They have no more wine.”
Jesus detaches Himself somewhat from His mother saying, “Dear woman, why do you involve me? My time has not yet come.”
His mother, never referred to by name in John, seems to concede to this statement and tells the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Jesus tells the servants to fill six stone water jars, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. The jars were filled to the brim. Jesus then directed the servants to draw out some and take it to the master of the banquet. The master tasted the wine, which had been changed by Jesus from water. He remarked to the bridegroom that the best wine was saved for last. The master did not know how this had occurred, though his servants and the disciples knew. This first miraculous sign revealed His glory and His disciples had faith that God was revealed in Him.
We are reminded of this miracle each time we sit in church during a wedding ceremony. The abundance of the best wine from this miracle is a sign of God’s presence. This can be seen as the first of ‘greater things to come.’ God’s gifts to us continue to be given in superabundance and we are free to receive these gifts.
Retired special education teacher
Columbia, South Carolina
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