Jesus the Wedding Crasher
1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9When 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 10and 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.” 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
And sometimes showing up to that party can feel a little like being the un-invited guest. When we find ourselves in those difficult situations dealing with poverty, discrimination, or injustice. Or when you walk the difficult road with someone who is dying, I have heard you say it before, “what am I supposed to say, pastor?” Sometime the greatest miracle of all – is being present, being with someone else to remind them that they are not alone. Jesus showed up at the Wedding Feast, meeting the needs of that party with God’s grace. And when we show up, we do the same thing – at the food pantry, at the hospital, in school, and on the street corner. Prophets are all around us pointing out the needs of this world, so let us, like Jesus look to see what we have around us, and remember to show the world what God’s love like.
We crash in and out of people’s lives all the time, all of them like the wedding at Cana chances to show people the extravagance of God’s grace. I think Jesus was learning that little lesson of ministry 101 that day – be present with people and watch the miracles begin to happen.
Because let’s be honest, when it comes to being invited to the banquet table of God’s amazing grace and mercy – all of us are wedding crashers. None of us are really worthy of receiving the grace and mercy offered by God at the banquet table, for none of us are really worthy to be there. But thanks be to God, Jesus doesn’t care if we are crashing the party, Jesus doesn’t care how we show up, for at his banquet table, all are welcome and all are worthy of the party. Jesus finds a way to keep the party going for us all. Amen.