I am in Chicago at the seminary that I graduated from with an M.Div nearly 20 years ago, attending a class lead by Eric Law on Diversity and Context – diversity in congregations. I am with a group of M.Div student and D.Min students, along with a parishioner of mine, my curate, and me – the three of us are auditing the class. We are learning about Law’s Holy Currency and the Cycle of Blessing. Days are long but fruitful in discussion and thought. One of the things we did on the first day (Monday) was a Bible Study using the Gospel for this Sunday from the RCL: The wedding in Cana. Following the pattern that Law uses with his organization called, Kaleidoscope. It is similar to Lectio Divina in that the passage is read three times. Its different because the participants reflect on three different questions and each person is invited, by another participant, to speak on what they heard.
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
What word, phrase, or image stands out for you?
What does this text teach you about leadership?
What does God invite you to do, be, or change through this passage?
My group had an interesting conversation that opened up this text in new and fresh ways. I wonder what the passage says to you and if these questions invite you to think in new ways about leadership, God, and transformation?
I’m not preaching this Sunday, although I will be reflecting on this text. The preacher part has started and I look forward to hearing what the passage says to you. I invite you to share as you like.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.
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