“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee,” by Louis A. Dole

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“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” – John 2:11

Readings

Exodus 16:9-21 · John 2:1-11 · Psalm 147

Sermon

Though this miracle was done at the beginning of the Lord’s ministry, it discloses the purpose for which the Lord came into the world. Beginnings have their origin in a purpose, and the purpose of anything is the end for the attainment of which a beginning is made.

The beginning of many miracles wrought by our Lord in the days of His flesh was the marriage at Cana of Galilee. To bring about a marriage between Himself and the Church, and a marriage of faith and charity in those who form the Church was the very purpose of His miracles. To unite in a heavenly marriage the will of man with his understanding, his knowledge of truth with the love and practice of it, to unite heaven and the Church on earth is the purpose of all revelation, to confer on men grace and power, that the Lord’s qualities may be embodied in them and His work of redemption carried out in them and His glorification in finite measure fulfilled in them. Symbolic of this – and of much else besides – it is written, “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory.”

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