Gary Phillips, in an e-mail correspondence with the journal Homiletics wrote: This text could be approached by considering why Jesus would choose transforming water into wine as His first miracle. “Your first miracle? Really? Seriously?” Of all the potential, possible first miracles Jesus does this? Makes wine for a wedding party? One would think that Jesus would choose something that sets the stage, that makes a big splash, that announces his arrival and intent. Why would Jesus do this, i.e. provide wine for this party?”
Could this be a jumping off place for the beginning of the development of a new covenant by the wine (blood) spilled by the Christ?
I was standing at the altar of Mt. Hermon Lutheran, Statesville, NC, when, for the first time in my ministry, I accidentally tipped the chalice over with my left hand. At first I was horrified. Then, in my mind’s eye, I saw the blood of Jesus “shed for me.”
Prayer: Lord, humble our hearts and minds as we receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus in the Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.