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Monday, January 21, 2013

Water into wine? I'd invite him...

The Gospel of John is the only Gospel to report Jesus' miracle of turning water into wine, and it is the the first of Jesus' miracle that the chronicler reports.  Broadly, this miracle, as with other miracles reported in the Bible and in the religious texts of every world culture can be appreciated on a number of levels.

In my sermon for Epiphany 2, which was based primarily on John 2:1-11 in which the miracle at the wedding feast in Cana is reported, I break these levels into three broad categories of consideration:

1. The superficial.  I do not mean this in any pejorative sense, but merely in the purest sense of the word.  I simply mean that we can appreciate the reading at its surface level.  After all, a miracle would be pretty...well, miraculous.

2. The historical.  This passage is likely a commentary on the socio/economic/political/religious climate of the time.

3.  The personal.  The value of any story is the degree to which we can apply it our own lives.  In other words, what can this passage teach us personally about ourselves?

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