Sunday, January 20th, 2013 Service

The Gospel lectionary reading for Jan 20 recounts Jesus miracle at the wedding of Cana when the wine runs out. This is one of the most enigmatic scenes in all the Gospels prompting one critical commentator to wonder if this story presents Jesus as nothing more than the Greek god Dionysius or the roman god Baachus, the gods of wine encouraging drunkenness and revelry.  So why does John ‘s Gospel place this story at the very beginning as a sign of divine glory that surrounds Jesus?  Is the Jesus portrayed here a two bit Dionysius? Or could this miracle of turning water into wine be not only the first but also the truest glimpse that we have of the Word made flesh?

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