14. The Marriage at Cana
Laura James (1971 - )
Acrylics on canvas
9 1/2 x 23
Jesus, Mary and other guests gather around the banquet table at a wedding in Cana as the wine is
poured. When there was not enough wine to go round, Jesus performed his first miracle, turning the
water into wine. The bride and groom dance in the center and musicians sing with instruments playing
as the celebration continues.
John 2: 1-11
1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2and Jesus and his
disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him,
"They have no more wine." 4"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet
come." 5His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6Nearby stood six stone water jars,
the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7Jesus
said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. 8Then he told them
"Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet. They did so, 9and the master of the banquet
tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from,
though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said,
"Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too
much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."
11This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory,
and his disciples put their faith in him.