A sermon on Jesus’ turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Gallilee, by Revd William Allberry, former vicar of St Paul’s and visiting preacher. Delivered at the Sung Communion service on Sunday 20th January 2019 (Third Sunday of Epiphany).
So this ordinary wedding in the village of Cana suddenly becomes a symbol of the new age which is to come. Yes, there was a wedding in the undistinguished little mountain village, where a particular bride and groom entered their life together. But this wedding is a sign that points beyond itself, to the marriage of God with his people that Isaiah was looking for – here the water was transformed into wine, and ordinary lives were transformed by the Spirit.
The signs that Jesus showed weren’t ostentatious, showy signs. John doesn’t say the whole company knew and marvelled. It seems to be saying that for those who saw what happened, a deep meaning was shown. And for us, the sign is that God’s love transforms his people.
Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11