For those who are on the edge of faith
For steadiness along the way
For the joy of the Holy Communion
Today’s text: John 4:43-54
CANA AGAIN APPEARS in John’s story, as Jesus returns to the place where he did his first sign—the changing of water into wine. We remember this wondrous wedding moment in our joy at the Holy Supper, as we gather to drink that wine which is both the festive drink of the heavenly feast and the blood that is poured out in the Lord’s death.
John deliberately connects the events of Cana with the healing of the Capernaum official’s child. Jesus warns us against seeking signs, but he does not despise the father’s desperation and weakness. The father’s plea is our own: this moment is beyond my strength—please help! Jesus speaks a word of promise and authority, and the father departs trusting that word. It is as the Lord has promised, and the child is restored to health.
In the moment when we eat and drink, remember our Lord’s word: this is my body, this is my blood, freely given for you. In your hand is the only sign—a piece of bread, a gulp of wine. Yet with the Word, they are signs of the Kingdom where sickness and death are defeated, where sadness is banished, where joy is complete.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks