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Second Sunday After the Epiphany.

Second Sunday After the Epiphany.

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ST. JOHN, n. 1-17.

ST. JOHN, n. 1-17.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 02, 2014
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SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY. BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.ST. JOHN, n. 1-17. And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him. They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee ? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six water-pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water-pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was, (but the servants which drew the water knew,) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse :
but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This be ginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory, and his disciples believed on him. IN the first chapter of St. John s Gospel he relates to us some circumstances con-after the Epiphany. 105 nected with tfie calling of our Lord s first disciples ; and in the closing verses He dwells more particularly on the Saviour s interview with Nathaniel. On the third day (that is, on the third day after that interview) an event occurred in the little town of Cana, which gave Jesus an opportunity of working His first miracle. There was a marriage-feast there ; and as Mary the Mother of Jesus was present, and also Jesus Himself, it is
more than likely that it was to celebrate a marriage among some of Mary s relations or near friends. Picture to yourself this festive gather ing. There was a room full of guests, and tables spread with food and wine suitable to the occasion. There was the governor of the feast, who presided ; and the bride and bridegroom, in whose honour the en tertainment was given. Then there were the special friends of the married couple. And among them was one, whose quiet, thoughtful manner must have drawn many eyes and hearts towards her, and whose character was such as to call forth respect and affection from all who were present. 106 Second Sunday

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