Readings: January 20, 2013 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Isaiah 62:1-5

Look, Your Savior Comes!

Regarding Zion, I can’t keep my mouth shut, regarding Jerusalem, I can’t hold my tongue,

Until her righteousness blazes down like the sun, and her salvation flames up like a torch.

Foreign countries will see your righteousness, and world leaders your glory.

You’ll get a brand-new name straight from the mouth of God.

You’ll be a stunning crown in the palm of God’s hand, a jeweled gold cup held high in the hand of your God.

No more will anyone call you Rejected, and your country will no more be called Ruined.

You’ll be called Hephzibah (My Delight), and your land Beulah (Married),

Because God delights in you and your land will be like a wedding celebration.

For as a young man marries his virgin bride, so your builder marries you,

And as a bridegroom is happy in his bride, so your God is happy with you.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all

originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is:

Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful: wise counsel, clear understanding, simple trust, healing the sick, miraculous acts, proclamation, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues.

All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

  • John 2:1-11

From Water to Wine

Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.”

Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.”

She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.”

Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.

“Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did.

When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!”

This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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