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Jesus Trail, III: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary

Written by: Julia Smolucha


By The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest

After a steep, heart-racing ascent to the top of Nazareth, we descended into a valley covered in spring wildflowers. We walked through areas with brushes blooming at our shoulders, knees, and ankles. We hope to remember this array of color over the litter in other areas.

The 16-year-olds had a cat counting contest and coaxed the sheep herds into a vocal response. We skirted commercial medicinal agriculture greenhouses and olive orchards on our way to Zippori National Park and its archaeological digs. A long day’s journey ended in Cana at the infamous church commemorating Jesus’ first miracle in the gospel of John, our devotion for the day.

John 2:1–12
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”

And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.