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Seeing Signs and Feeling Wonder

Seeing Signs and Feeling Wonder

Epiphany is the season we celebrate signs. We mark four Epiphanies in this season of light, including the story of the Magi, Jesus' baptism at the River Jordan, changing water to wine, and the Transfiguration. These Epiphanies are selected from events in Jesus' life when people saw signs and were able to glimpse into the fullness of faith.
In today's epiphany, we celebrate the wonder and miracle of Jesus' first public sign: the changing of water to wine in the second chapter of John at a reception in Cana of Galilee. Now just a quick side note: This is one of only two arguments Jesus loses in the whole Gospel; the second is to the Canaanite woman who begged for healing for her daughter. In this argument Jesus loses to his mother who doesn't listen when he says his time has not yet come to demonstrate this dramatic sign of God's abundance and richness. Instead, she instructs the stewards to bring him what he needs; and new and good wine is created as a testimony, so we can see that Jesu