Sunday Readings: Isaiah 62.1-5; 1 Corinthians 12.4-11; John 2.1-11
“You have kept the choice wine until now.” – John 2.10
In John’s gospel Jesus works his first sign at a wedding. Jesus, his new disciples, and his mother are there. The feast hints at a marriage other than the one the guests are celebrating. Turning six big water jars (20 gallons each) into wine provides 120 gallons of wine at a wedding feast that must be nearly over if the guests have drunk up the available wine. Jesus provides wine enough for celebrating the messiah’s relationship with his new community that continues in every Eucharist. The marriage feast that most concerns John is the lasting and intimate relationship of faith between the risen Jesus and his disciples down the centuries. The abundant wine is for the community that continues to gather in his name.
What do you appreciate about a wedding feast as an image of Christian community?