The author of Luke was careful to establish the exact dating of the events he records.
Here, the beginning of John the Baptist's ministry is clearly denoted. In ancient times,
events often were dated with reference to the rulers in power. The Roman Emperor, Judea
Governor, Galilean puppet king, high priests, and even the kings of surrounding countries
are all named. But these seemingly powerful individuals were minor characters on the
stage. What's really important is what God is going to do in and through Jesus.
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.