In the checkout line, a young girl reaches for a candy bar. Her mother grabs her, and
when the four-year-old struggles, the mother delivers a sharp slap. The child begins to
cry. Everyone stops to gawk as the child is being shaken and scolded for wanting candy.
"I told you not to touch anything. See, you got what you deserved!" Father, forgive them,
for they know not what they do.
It is easy to take the side of the innocent and have compassion, compassion enough to
want to right the wrong and comfort the afflicted, but what about the guilty? Are we to
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.