Genesis 1:20-25 (The Message)
20-23 God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life! Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!” God created the huge whales, all the swarm of life in the waters, and every kind and species of flying birds. God saw that it was good. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean! Birds, reproduce on Earth!” It was evening, it was morning—Day Five.
24-25 God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind: cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.” And there it was: wild animals of every kind, cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug. God saw that it was good.
Comment: how long did the first acts of creation take? Is that the question Genesis wants us to ask? Or is the question it is asking us to consider something like: how good and creative is our Lord God?
The Gospel of John 2:1-11 (New American Standard)
2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus *said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” 6 Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. 7 Jesus *said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. 9 When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the bridegroom, 10 and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days.
Psalm 3 (Good News Version)
I have so many enemies, Lord, so many who turn against me!
2 They talk about me and say, “God will not help him.”
3 But you, O Lord, are always my shield from danger; you give me victory and restore my courage.
4 I call to the Lord for help and from his sacred hill[b] he answers me.
5 I lie down and sleep, and all night long the Lord protects me.
6 I am not afraid of the thousands of enemies who surround me on every side.
7 Come, Lord! Save me, my God! You punish all my enemies and leave them powerless to harm me.
8 Victory comes from the Lord—may he bless his people.
Comment: In ancient Israel “enemies” often carried swords and spears; diseases had few cures, and the elements were extreme and unknown. Today, consider another word for enemies. Perhaps a modern day “enemy” would be a disease such as cancer, or a heart wrenching situation or turmoil, anything that needed the intervention of God Almighty. The psalmist has not problem asking for God’s help and guidance.
Prayer: Into your hands do we entrust our lives and spirits, Lord most high! Amen.