“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.” (John 2:1-11) Our Gospel lesson this week offers us a veritable (wedding?) banquet of delicacies to consider. Among those are the exchange with his mother; the abundance of the miracle or the mere fact of the setting: a big party (with wine, no less!). I want to focus on the steward’s observation: “But you have kept the good wine until now.” The steward’s expectations are ours: the best is in the past and it will never be as good again as it once was. Many of us serve in areas that are overwhelmed by a sense of scarcity and a golden, unrepeatable past. But into such a setting our Lord appears and begins to reveal the truth of who he is and who we may be in relation to him. To their and our vision of scarcity, Jesus produces an overwhelming abundance. To their sense of nostalgia and a longing for the past, our Lord saves the best for last. No doubt about it, we are in changing times; but rest assured, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is not finished with us and the best is still ahead. Do you believe that? Do you know anyone who may need to be reminded of that?