Jesus changed water into wine at Cana in Galilee. This first of His miracles is something we examine in Epiphany and rightfully so.
“On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.” Jesus had been spending time after His baptism gathering His disciples. He was already engaging Himself in the expansion of the Kingdom through others. These were strategic days indeed. Strategic days should call for epic-sized maneuvers. Instead, Jesus attends a party.
The party He attended was a wedding, a traditional feast that would have lasted for several days, but it was an ordinary and common event. Jesus “manifested His glory” (John 2:11) first at an ordinary party. It was there at this ordinary event that the steward of the feast realized that something extraordinary had occurred. The glory of God, that which we’re told to “declare to the nations” (Psalm 96:3), had been revealed by no ordinary human act.
St. Ambrose (338-397) communicated it this way in one of his Epiphany hymns.
It (Epiphany) is holy too,
by thy changing the water
of the pitchers into wine;
which the steward of the feast,
knowing that he had not so filled them,
drew forth for the guests.
As Jesus’ disciples today, we too can realize that the effect of God’s glory in our lives and certainly among the nations (Psalm 96:3) is not based on something our own striving has accomplished. We can know, like the steward of the feast with the jars full of wine, that “(we) had not so filled them.” Let’s worship Him this Epiphany for transforming our lives!