Since the book of Job, people have been pointing fingers at the sufferer. The old Jewish
idea said that if someone suffered, it meant they had done something wrong and were
being punished. Jesus fractured that idea by saying that suffering came to all -- the
Galileans persecuted by Pilate, those eighteen killed when the towers of Siloam fell, all
those that heard him tell the story. No need to point fingers of judgment at those in hard
times. God's judgment does not work that way. From then until now religious folk have
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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.