(19 January 2014, 18 Jan. 2015)
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who does govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and grant us your peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Kings 4:1-17; Psalm 107:13-22; Romans 12:6-16; John 2:1-11
This week’s revelation of Jesus to be God begins with a problem: a wedding party has run out of wine. In a hospitality culture, this serious offense had to be resolved quickly, and Mary directed the servants to Jesus, who in turn transformed water into wine. This pattern of crying out to God for help in times of need and experiencing his provision is also modeled in the Old Testament reading, in the Psalm, and expressed in today’s Collect. At the same time, God’s people are mobilized not only to cry out to God in prayer, but also to take action as Jesus did. The Epistle reading reminds us that there are many gifts and abilities that one might have, that we are to use them, and (no matter what they are) we must above all exemplify the same love and compassion that God has for us.