The feast of the miracle at the wedding of Cana

On the 21st January we will celebrate the feast of the miracle at the wedding of Cana – one of the seven minor feasts of the Lord celebrated by the Coptic Church.

cThe Divine Liturgy will be prayed from 6-8am at St. Mark Church.

With such an important place in the church calendar, perhaps we should have another look at what happened in this event:

‘Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine…he said... “You have kept the good wine until now!”’ (John 2:8-10)

When Jesus asked the servants to fill up the water pots, they did it in complete obedience and in faith. Jesus was just starting His ministry. He had not yet performed any great miracles – there had been no healings, or feeding of great multitudes. No one knew who He was, what power He possessed or anything else about Him. Yet, at His command, the servants hulled the huge, thirty-gallon water pots and filled them up. So, we too, must come before God, in obedience.

Obedience is the key to transformation. It is through obedience that our spiritual life transforms from ordinary water into sweet wine. We drink water to keep us alive, sustain us and keep us going - it is vital for life; but it is also quite boring and bland. But Christ doesn’t want us to just get by, to settle for the mediocre; He offers us a life that is neither bland nor boring, a life united with Him.

Indeed, it is no co-incidence that Jesus did such a miracle of transformation at a wedding. Christ reminds us of our own union with Him, the Heavenly Bridegroom; it is in this union that we can experience joy in its fullness. He came so that we may have life and have it abundantly. A life filled with joy and sweetness.

Moreover, He came to transform our weakness into strength and our past failures for His glory. Instead of the hosts of the feast feeling embarrassed and ashamed because they couldn’t satisfy their guests, Jesus gave them new and better wine than they had before. “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing…I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19)

When we look at our lives we find that maybe we have the odd wine day but the rest is water. Wine is the exception, water is the norm. Why can’t we live the wine life all the time?
Most often, it is sin that separates us from God. In Romans 6 it says we are dead to sin and alive to GOD. Even though we may continue to sin, through Christ sin has no dominion over us, nor has any power to bring us down. We have to BELIEVE that; we have to fully acknowledge that we are dead to sin. In Christ there is no hopelessness or despair. So, let us have faith that we are dead to sin, because it is God’s will that every day should be wine.

St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in London is one of the oldest Coptic churches in the lands of the immigration, and one of the first to be supported and cared for by our beloved patriarch, HH the late Pope Shenouda III.

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    Allen Street, Kensington
    London W8 6UX