At the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus shows up with his small band of followers at a wedding. He may be here at the request of his mother. Maybe this is a friend of the family. Nevertheless, he is there along with the rest of the village. A wedding is a community affair that last several days. We are not sure when Jesus arrived. The wedding celebration has been going on for a few days and the wine is running out. (See John 2:1-12)
Jesus is great to have around when the party seems to be over. He is the person you want around when the situation looks shameful.
When the joy seems to be leaving, Jesus shows up. When the party seems to be over, Jesus arrives. When the glass is empty, Jesus fills it to overflowing. We arrive at the wedding at Cana of Galilee not as guests, but as hosts who know what it is like to be embarrassed, disappointed, and ashamed. Christ doesn’t just fill our empty lives with what came before. He transforms our lives. He makes something new. It is, after all, the third day, the day of resurrection. The day of new life. “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee” John 2:1.