Brennan Manning tells the story of an 80-year-old Roman Catholic priest and his
nephew. They were up walking early in the morning and all of a sudden his uncle began
skipping. The nephew ran to catch up and asked, "Uncle, why are you skipping?" His
uncle replied, "I am skipping because my Abba loves me and I love my Abba." I
remember a day when walking from class in college when I knew that same joy as it
became clear to me that my "Abba loves me!"
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.