On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Father Michael Cupp after reading this, and prior to that 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, challenged us with something of a question like this: What miracle would the Lord have you perform this year for the good of others to his glory? Of course in the list in 1 Corinthians 12, there are those in the church who are gifted with “miraculous powers” along with a list of other possible gifts distributed to each person in Christ’s body as the Spirit determines.
Really anything, we can say is a miracle. Miracles are more precisely called signs, or mighty works. They mean anything out of the ordinary. Jesus walking on the water is one such example found in the New Testament, in that case Peter even being able to join him in doing so, as long as Peter kept his eyes focused on Jesus and therefore his faith intact.
Father Michael gave us C. S. Lewis’ analogy of water being turned into wine all the time in the process of water in the earth with seed, the plant growing into a vine which produces grapes, and in a process, wine, all of this a gift from God. So that in answer to prayer, or to faith, God can do anything at a particular moment in time, sometimes over a span of time, bypassing the normal, what we often call natural means. We shouldn’t belittle any moving of God for that matter, in the speaking and serving gifts listed in the New Testament as given to members of Christ’s body, the church, probably not an exhaustive list, but covering basics needed and evident in the church at large.
For me, one “miracle” is to seek to live beyond the troubles of this life daily, so that I can be a blessing to others, and live in what otherwise would not be, left to myself. And we can say here, just the attempt is good enough. We may not seem to break through into the miracle the Lord might have for us, but we endeavor to be present and ready, not flagging in our faith, at least not in the effort, come what may. Of course in the end, all is a gift from God, our faith, our living beyond where we naturally would. And then, of course, we’re to do all to the building up of others in the church, and also outside of the church, through the gospel.
A good challenge for me, for all of us in Jesus. What miracle would the Lord have each of us perform this year for the good of others to his glory?