The centerpiece of this text shines on a woman with a sordid reputation that came to
anoint Jesus' feet with costly spices. The gospel of John said that she had done a beautiful
thing. Luke leaped over several hurdles in telling this story. First women were not
supposed to be seen in public. Besides that, a woman, obviously a prostitute, was never
supposed to be seen at all. And what religious official would dare to address such a
woman? Jesus did the unheard of thing. He reached out and forgave her of her sins and
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.