3rd February 2014
The special prayer that goes with the reading of theWedding at Cana reading is prayed thus:
Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
A simple reliance on something beyond ourselves and our control.
In this season of revealings, we are told to rely, depend on, that which is other. The word ‘wonder’ sums up our readiness to receive that which can sustain us in times of joy or sorrow.
This is the vision given at the Wedding at Cana.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
The Gospel for the 4th Sunday in Epiphany and the ‘showing’ or ‘revealing’ is Jesus at a Wedding at Cana. Below is the text for the next batch of reflections.
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.