Second Sunday of Epiphany - Reflection by Canon Leslie
Today is the Second Sunday of Epiphany. The Gospel reading takes us to John’s account of the wedding at Cana that is placed immediately after the first disciples follow Jesus. When wine runs out, Jesus replenishes the supply. In verse 11 John explains why he starts with this story: it ‘is the first of the signs by which Jesus revealed his glory and led his disciples to believe in him’. It is no accident that the first sign takes place at a wedding feast. In Jewish thought the wedding feast is a way of speaking about God's kingdom, when the Messiah will preside at the banquet.
For those of you who wanted to do some thinking and preparation for today’s service during the preceding week, I invited reflection on the image of wedding reception. In today’s picture from their book, Celebrations, Aled and Sian bring presents and cards to join in the celebration.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you were welcomed to the wedding at Cana.
Make us ready to be welcomed
to the feast in your kingdom;
for you are our God.
Next Sunday, the Third Sunday of Epiphany, takes us to Luke’s account of how Jesus began his ministry in his hometown of Nazareth within the synagogue. The image to help us stimulate reflection on the synagogue is scrolls. You can find out more about that theme here https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/prayer-resources.html. We would really appreciate you letting us know how you are using these materials.