John 2:1-11 (NRSV)

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it.
9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom
10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”
11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

John 2:9-10 (NRSV)

9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom

10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

DEVOTION -Keith Honeyman (Western Cape, South Africa)

When Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding in Cana, he did not request special, priceless vessels.  Jesus called simply for the ordinary, everyday water jars made of clay that could be found in every home and public building.  From these commonplace vessels, the stewards surprised the wedding guests by pouring out the best wine that had been served that day.

In his ministry, Jesus continually turned society’s expectations upside down.  He chose to eat and pray with women and tax collectors.  He fed a multitude with five loaves and two fish.  And Jesus chose ordinary jars of clay – sinners like you and me – in which to pour the priceless gift of his love.

Like the stewards at the wedding at Cana who poured the best wine, we can pour out the love that Jesus has put in us so that many may be served and satisfied.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God is ready to fill us with love to share with others.

PRAYER: Loving God, make us stewards of your love that all those who touch our lives may be served and never thirst again.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: COUPLES PLANNING WEDDINGS

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