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The Gospel Reading.
1Three days later, they all went to celebrate a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was invited 2together with Him and His disciples. 3While they were celebrating, the wine ran out; and Jesus’ mother hurried over to her son.
Mary: The host stands on the brink of embarrassment; there are many guests, and there is no more wine.
Jesus: 4Dear woman, is it our problem they miscalculated when buying wine and inviting guests? My time has not arrived.
5But she turned to the servants.
Mary: Do whatever my son tells you.
6In that area were six massive stone water pots that could each hold 20 to 30 gallons. They were typically used for Jewish purification rites. 7Jesus’ instructions were clear:
Jesus: Fill each water pot with water until it’s ready to spill over the top; 8then fill a cup, and deliver it to the headwaiter.
They did exactly as they were instructed. 9After tasting the water that had become wine, the headwaiter couldn’t figure out where such wine came from (even though the servants knew), and he called over the bridegroom in amazement.
Headwaiter: 10This wine is delectable. Why would you save the most exquisite fruit of the vine? A host would generally serve the good wine first and, when his inebriated guests don’t notice or care, he would serve the inferior wine. You have held back the best for last.
11Jesus performed this miracle, the first of His signs, in Cana of Galilee. They did not know how this happened ; but when the disciples and the servants witnessed this miracle, their faith blossomed.
Our poetic Scripture reading of the day.
19Then, one night, the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision, and so Daniel offered this blessing to the God of heaven:
20Praise the name of God forever and ever,
for all wisdom and power belong to Him.
21He sets in motion the times and the ages;
He deposes kings and installs others;
He gives wisdom to the wise
and grants knowledge to those with understanding.
22He reveals deep truths and hidden secrets;
He knows what lies veiled in the darkness;
pure light radiates from within Him.
23I recognize who You are,
and I praise You,
God of my ancestors,
for You have given me wisdom and strength.
And now You have graciously revealed
to me what we asked of You,
for You have revealed to us the king’s dream and its meaning.
What Jeremiah Told the Captive Nation.
[info_box] Jeremiah 29:4-7
4This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:5“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lordfor it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Just a couple of verses after 7 we have Jeremiah 29:11
10This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.14I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.
Nebuchadnezzar’s Troubling Dream
[info_box] Daniel Ch 2
Nebuchadnezzar Builds a Tribute to Himself
[info_box] Daniel Chapter 3
1King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide,and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
4Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: 5As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
How Hot is it?
[info_box] Daniel 3:21-28
Daniel was a Giver
[info_box] Daniel 6
1It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.
Daniel With the Lions
Jesus is the Giver of Parties
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