On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
– John 2:1-11, NRSV
“In Cana of Galilee,” we’re told. Jesus’ first miracle — “the first of his signs,” according to the Gospel of John — took place at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. The wine ran out and the Savior stepped in, turning a matrimonial misfortune into a wedding wonder. It was a miracle of lavish abundance, there at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.
“In Hull of Yorkshire,” the news story read. A modern miracle took place at a would-be wedding in Hull of Yorkshire (northeastern England). When the coronavirus pandemic forced Fiona and Adam Gordon to cancel their wedding reception, the couple rallied, turning a matrimonial misfortune into a wedding wonder. How? They redirected their catering order, turning their reception meals into gifts for four hundred local hospital workers. In my estimation, it was a miracle of lavish generosity, there at a would-be wedding in Hull of Yorkshire.
I can’t say for sure what motivated the couple’s extravagant generosity. Yet I do believe that God works wonders through ordinary people. So who knows, church? Maybe… maybe behind the scenes and in the background, he’s still working wonders at weddings.
It’s just the kind of thing he’d do.
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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