The apostle Paul told his warring friends at Corinth that each one of them was gifted.
They had tried to pick and choose preachers. They were at odds with one another. Who
was the best? Paul, Cephas, Apollos, or some other? They were divided over many
things. And Paul brought them back to reality by reminding them that each one of them
had a gift and each one of them was to use that gift for the common good.
This old term, "common good," has almost been forgotten. Corinth would only cease
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.