Monday, January 15, 2007

Mary's word

"Everyone serves the good wine first and then the inferior wine...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. --John 2:10-11

Tonight, I had the opportunity to eat a fabulous meal. It began with a glass of wine, then bread with a pesto and tomato sauce. Then, there was an antipasto appetizer plate. The main course was fish, spinach and beets (ok, maybe those aren't everyone's favorite, but I loved them!). Then, for dessert, coffee and rasperry sorbet. Yummy.
Sometimes, eating a very fine meal can be very healing.

Maybe that's part of why the story of Jesus at this wedding - Jesus providing the very fine wine - gives us such a good sense of who Jesus is. Mary gives us an incredible word when she says, "Do whatever he tells you." She seems to know intuitively that Jesus is the miracle. When we're around Jesus, we get more than we ask for and it's the really good stuff. We get what we really need. And here's another layer... it seems to be the other way around, too. Jesus seems to savor the wine, the celebration, us. Can you believe it?

Imagine this. God revealed in Jesus savors your presence, believes in you, wants to eat and drink with you. Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee... and the disciples believed him. That's a story worth passing on.

Here's an invite from Mary for disciples of every age and stage, "Do whatever Jesus tells you."
Who knows what might be asked--but it's certain that we'll receive more than we've asked for and that it'll be worth savoring.

Savoring with you,
Pastor Joy

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