Last Sunday was the day of Epiphany that marks Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding in Cana, turning water into wine. I don’t understand how anyone can make a Biblical case against alcohol, given that Jesus, who knew no sin, made wine. And this isn’t just wine for medicinal purposes or because the water wasn’t safe, excuses I’ve heard anti-alcohol Christians make. (Another ancient religion, Islam forbids wine altogether, so it wasn’t a necessity for life.) This was specifically alcohol for celebratory reasons.
But what I noticed this time is the distinction made here between “poor wine” and “good wine.” The text affirms that some wine, as with other human artifacts, is better than others, an affirmation of quality, of aesthetic judgment. And when Jesus makes wine through a miracle, it is specifically “good wine.”
But these observations just skim the surface of this text. [Read more...]