February 8, 2023     11:19 am
42. Week of Sunday after New Year - Saturday
Wedding at Cana
          And Jesus manifested forth His glory; and His disciples believed on Him.   John 2:11
          After Jesus had been baptised by John, and tempted by the devil, and gathered His first disciples, He returned with these to Galilee. There was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and His disciples were invited to the marriage. There was a shortage of wine so the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine." He said to her, "Woman, what have I to do with you? My hour has not yet come." His mother had no right to tell Him how or when He should manifest His divine glory. Mary now said to the servants "Whatsoever He says to you, do it." Now there were six waterpots of stone set there according to the Jews' manner of purifying, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. Jesus said to the servants: "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them: "Draw out now, and take it to the ruler of the feast." And they took it there. When the ruler of the feast tasted the water that was made into wine, and not knowing where it came from, (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), he called the bridegroom and said to him, "Every man at the beginning sets forth good wine; and after men have drunk well, that which is worse; but you have kept the good wine until now." This was Jesus first miracle. Thus He manifested forth His divine glory which until now had been hidden. And His disciples believed on Him the more firmly. (John 2:1-11.)
          Christian, you believe in your Saviour and are His disciple. Blessed are you. But to remain in this faith and grow ever more firm and deeply rooted and grounded in it, so as to overcome all temptation and finally to be saved, you must read the word of Jesus regularly, and see how His glory is revealed there, the glory of the only-begotten Son of the Father, who became your Saviour. Without such use of the Word of Jesus your flesh will stifle the faith within you, and you will be lost. May God keep you from such a fate!
          PRAYER: - O God the Holy Spirit, O Spirit of Christ, who glorifies Christ within the hearts of Your believers, create I beseech You, within me a mind that gladly reads and contemplates Your Word, beholding there the glory of my Saviour, and clinging to Him in ever stronger faith, until in my last hour You will glorify His gracious image within my soul to eternal bliss. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
February 8, 2023     11:19 am