Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
The key to the story of the miracle at the wedding of Cana is, I believe, in the very last sentence of the story. It reads:
Jesus performed this first miracle in Cana in Galilee; there he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
But the Good News translation is not quite so helpful here. The word ‘miracle’ is better translated as ‘sign’, as another translation puts it:
Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
For a miracle is always a sign of something- a sign that something deeper is going on. In John’s Gospel, the miracles of Jesus play a slightly different role than in the other Gospels. They are a bit like direction signs- they point to something beyond themselves. The signs in John’s Gospel point to the glory of Jesus, and the power and love of God which he is bringing into the world, they are signs of the rule of God breaking into ordinary life. Not everyone will understand the signs. But for those who will see, these signs help us to see who Jesus really is.