Americans do not have a good sense of priorities. Our mad quest for wealth has led us to create a society in which 1 out of 2 of us has low-income status. We are preoccupied more with the gross national product and the yields on our stocks than the fact that 15% of us actually dwell in poverty. We have the resources to do something about this but timidly sit on our duffs. The parable of the talents is about people with resources who do nothing with them. It is like Benjamin Franklin once wrote: "Hide not your talents, for us they were made, what's a sundial in the shade?"
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.