Read: John 2:1-11
Meditation: “When the Wine Runs Out”
You can count on it, our wine is going to run out. Our insights, our power, our plans, and all the rest that we make will not be enough.
We can only imagine that those who prepared the wine for the wedding knew what they were doing. They had done it many times before. They knew how long these events lasted and how much wine (on average) would be consumed. Who knows….they may have even taken a look at the guest list and made their estimates based upon their knowledge of per-person consumption!
But no matter how they determined their calculations, the wine ran out. It always does when it is our wine.
The first sign sends the message that needs to be sent right at the start: it’s not by might, or by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord (Zech 4:6).
No Jesus—no wine. That’s the message, and the gospel story declares it early in the Christian year.
Like the original clay vessels, we are filled with the “good wine” of creation: talents, intelligence, wisdom, creativity, influence, etc. Human beings are amazing in all sorts of ways. But…human beings are human, and some time, somewhere (it varies from person to person) each of us come to the end of our selves. Competence and charisma are no longer enough.
In that moment, our life is defined and determined by the presence of Jesus. In that moment, we hear the voice of our soul tell us what Mary told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” And if we are willing to heed the advice, the “best wine” fills us and the end is better than the beginning.