The Sunday lectionary gospel in Year B for Epiphany 3 is John 2.1–11, the ‘sign’ of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. (The ecumenical version of the lectionary has a reading from Mark; in the Church of England version of the lectionary, it was also the reading on Epiphany 3 in Year C, two years ago, so we are revisiting.)
It offers us a good example of John’s remarkable ability in story-telling, where he combines an intense attention to realistic detail with powerful evocation of the scene. In 11 short verses, we are taken into both the reality and the emotion of the event, so it is no wonder that the story is so well known that the phrase ‘turning water into wine’ (like ‘walking on water’) has become something of a cultural trope.
Come and join Ian and James as they discuss this reading. This is a reposting of the video from two years ago—which was our first ever video together! Please note that the sound and video quality has much improved since then—but we hope the content is a useful as ever. James even talks about the mechanics of making the stone jars!
For a written discussion of the text, see the previous post here.