Wine to Gladden the Hearts of Man
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Delivered By
The Venerable Dr. Christopher A. Brown
Delivered On
January 20, 2013
Central Passage
John 2: 1-11
You have kept the good wine until now.

Quote to accompany the sermon.

The miracle of Cana was remarkable because it was the beginning of miracles. Then the veil began to be drawn up, which had hitherto concealed the power of the Holy Jesus over this visible world. As a holy Bishop and Father of the Church observes Augustine, "When our Lord turned the water into wine, He was but doing the very same thing which He does every year in every grape of every vintage: the waters from above nourish the vine-tree, and are taken up into the fruit, and turned by His secret power into that juice of the grape, which becomes to us wine." But because this goes on regularly every year, we look for it of course, and do not call it a miracle; yet it is quite as much beyond our power, and quite as much Christ's doing, as when He bade the servants at Cana draw out the water which they had poured into the vessels, and behold He had silently changed it into wine. The wonder, the Almightiness, is the same in both cases: the difference is, that at Cana and on like occasions the veil which hides His outstretched Arm was for a season drawn up, and men were permitted to see Him, as it were at work.

~John Keble, 1792-1866