Readings for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

There is perhaps no experience that is so enduringly painful as shame. Many of us can still vividly recall a moment of great embarrassment from our childhood even decades later, and still blush at the thought of it! Such is the power of shame. Sunday’s readings manifest a Savior who was sent to liberate his people from shame and restore our joy.

The Gospel records Jesus first miraculous sign, turning water into wine at a neighbor’s wedding feast. By doing so, Jesus averted a major social disaster for the groom. More importantly, he revealed himself as the Son of God who came to bring abundant joy (Jn 2).

The Old Testament lessons ties in closely with the Gospel, where God promises to remove the shame of an entire nation wallowing in defeat. He will restore Israel’s righteous reputation in the world and cause them to shine! He will show the same delight in her that a groom shows his bride (Is 62).

In the epistle lesson, Paul addresses a question that remains as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago. “What does it mean to be ‘spiritual’?” For Christians, all spirituality is rooted in the work of the Holy Spirit manifesting Himself in the lives of believers through a great diversity of gifts. True spirituality is lived out in community – never in isolation. And it always professes Christ as Lord and Savior (1Cor 12).