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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

We read about the Gospel of the day with a devotion from The Wedding at Cana: Arch Books.

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 62:1–5
Psalm 128
1 Corinthians 12:1–11
John 2:1–11

Read the propers for today in Lutheran Service Builder.

Devotional Reading

Having enough wine at a wedding party does not seem so important to us these days. However, in Jesus’ day, running out of wine would have been a disaster. Guests would have been insulted. They might have thought the bride and groom were too poor to have enough wine to serve at the feast or that they didn’t care enough about their family and friends. Jesus cared about the wedding couple, however, and He did not want them to be embarrassed in front of their guests. So He provided the best wine of the feast.

This wonderful story is the first recorded miracle of Jesus when He was on earth, and it marks the first time His mother, His disciples, and others saw His divine glory in action. It strengthened their faith and confirmed their belief that He was the Son of God.

Because Mary was given faith in Jesus, her Son, she knew to go to Him as the One who could help in time of need. She asked Him to help, and He did. In our faith, we experience miracles every day. He provides for all our needs and wants, even the little things. He gives us families to take care of us, protects us from danger, and makes us well when we are sick. He gives us sunny days and moonlit nights, seasons that change, the wonders of nature, and the list goes on and on. Just as Mary’s and the disciples’ faith grew, ours will grow as well when we see how God works in our lives every day.

Through the gift of faith, we can recognize the most important miracle of all: Jesus’ resurrection and the forgiveness of all our sins—not because we deserve it, but because we are His children and He loves us. To Him be the glory!

Devotional reading is from The Wedding at Cana: Arch Books, page 16 © 2015 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Hymn

Video is of “May God Bestow on Us His Grace” from Luther’s Divine Service: A Festival Setting for Small Choirs © 2017 Concordia Publishing House.

Written by

Anna Johnson

Deaconess Anna Johnson is a marketing manager at Concordia Publishing House. After graduating from the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago, she continued her studies at the University of Colorado—Denver in education and human development. She has worked as a church youth director and served a variety of other nonprofit organizations, such as the Lutheran Mission Society of Maryland. Anna loves playing video games and drinking a hot cup of tea almost as much as she loves her cat and her husband.

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