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Wedding at Cana
John 2:1-11 Commentary
by Robert Hoch
You can’t exhaust the richness of this text.
You may enjoy it. Swirl it in the glass. Sniff its delicate aroma. Sip it. Swish it around in your mouth. Talk about its uniquely Johannine vintage. Marvel at its rich, silky, smoky texture.
But please, as you move to the sermonic moment, don’t spit, as if you were only tasting Christ as a connoisseur!
Although the cup of the Johannine Christ is rich, and while we may, as careful exegetes of this text, parse the narrative quite closely, John refuses to parse Christ into ever finer distinctions of taste. Ultimately, John aims to turn connoisseurs into communicants. This cup, he would insist, is Christ’s own cup. As anyone acquainted with John probably knows, John writes that we may believe in Christ and, as if that were not enough, believe again in Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh.
That said, wine tasting does involve the swirl, the sniff, the swish, and the spit. Leaving off the spit (I just can’t go there!), we do need to get an interpretive location with this ...
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January 14, 2018
This is the podcast for John 2:1-11, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Jan. 14, 2018, featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Karoline Lewis. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.