Party Time! (5 December 2018)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Three days later Mary, the mother of Jesus, was at a wedding feast in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited and were there. When the wine was all gone, Mary said to Jesus, “They don’t have any more wine.”

Jesus replied, “Mother, my time hasn’t yet come: You must not tell me what to do.”

Mary then said to the servants, “Do whatever Jesus tells you to do.”

At the feast there were six stone water jars that were used by the people for washing themselves in the way that their religion said they must. Each jar held about twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants to fill them to the top with water. Then after the jars had been filled, he said, “Now take some water and give it to the man in charge of the feast.”

The servants did as Jesus told them, and the man in charge drank some of the water that had now turned into wine. He did not know where the wine had come from, but the servants did. He called the bridegroom over and said, “The best wine is always served first. Then after the guests have had plenty, the other wine is served. But you have kept the best until last!”

(John 2.1-10)

Reflect:

Jesus is invited to a wedding party, traditionally lasting a week, where much food and drink were consumed. Jesus is drawn into an embarrassing situation by his mother - the wine has run out! Jesus steps in and produces an extravagant amount of good tasting wine. This is the first miracle recorded in John’s gospel and is possibly a symbolic action from the Old Testament where abundant wine, oil or milk were to be a sign that the long-awaited kingdom of God had arrived. 

Respond: 

Plan a celebration for sometime this week– perhaps a nice meal or a good comedy. Invite friends round and enjoy fun and laughter. Celebration is good for us, even in the hectic run up to Christmas!

Midday Meditation:

‘Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.’

(Henri Nouwen)

Evening Reflection:

I praise you, Lord,
    for answering my prayers.
   You are my strong shield,
    and I trust you completely.
You have helped me,
    and I will celebrate
    and thank you in song.

You give strength
    to your people, Lord,
    and you save and protect
    your chosen ones.
 Come save us and bless us.
    Be our shepherd and always
    carry us in your arms.

(From Psalm 28)

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