Friday, January 15, 2016

Water Into Wine

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. 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 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." Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days. John 2:1-12 
Sometimes I ache for the load to be lighter, my ordinary turned into something extraordinary. We wish that our days were so hard, or so dreary. We all watched as the entire country caught powerball fever, imagining their lives changed extraordinarily, miraculously. And yet, we often miss the extraordinary blessings that go on in our lives every day, the little miracles that we miss because of our shortsightedness. Every little slight we count but fail to recognize the overwhelming privileges we have every day. We don't see the routine kindness that changes someone's world, the sharing, the moving over, the making room for others that truly transforms us and our world.
Our Gospel story tells of the first miracle of Jesus at a wedding in Cana. He is pushed by his mother to be his true self and the miracle comes after a little mother-son brush up. Daily life among families. And yet it is in this daily life of families that water becomes wine, where Jesus becomes more than a guest at the wedding, when we find ourselves transformed by love. It is often the God's activity amidst the routine and mundane that  changes everything and revels the divine glory.
Today I ask God to help me see every interaction as a potential miracle, every routine conversation latent with the love of God. May we no longer discount our average ordinariness, and rather see the opportunity for miracles with every step on our journeys.

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