When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." "Woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water;" so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now." ~John 2:3-10
Every time we see people as ordinary, we turn the wine back into water. ~Bob Goff, Live in Grace, Walk in Love
Who among us doesn't love a good celebration? Whether it's a birthday or retirement party, or a wedding reception, we all share the joy of the person(s) being honored at those special events. We don't see them as ordinary folks in these moments, but view them as precious people worthy of our acknowledgement that they are exceptional, deserving and oh, so loved!
What would this world look like if we didn't reserve our love for others to special days only? What if we celebrated every person we meet as a child of God, created in His image? Wouldn't that change our perspectives of our fellow sojourners on this earth for the better?
Jesus didn't have to perform the Miracle at Cana; in fact, He tells Mary, His mother, "My hour has not yet come." But I don't imagine there was another soul in the world that recognizes Jesus' destiny more acutely and definitively as Mary does. She confidently tells the servant to simply, "Do whatever He tells you," knowing in her heart of hearts that her son, God's Son, can do nothing less than to celebrate the extraordinary in the midst of the ordinary.
The One who brings great joy to those attending the wedding will also bring, by His death and resurrection, that same joy to the entire human race. Jesus willingly sacrificed Himself for the sins of the whole world, not because we are deserving, but because God does not see any one of us as ordinary.
We are His beloved children. And when we resolve to view others in the same way, that's when miracles can happen, just like they did in Cana.