Dorothee Soelle has remarked that "people can be dead for forty years even though they
bring home a salary, look stylish, and can manage nice vacation trips." These are the
people who love their lives so much they have already lost them.
Jesus teaches that the beginning of our resurrection is the day we die to that kind of life.
When he calls us to the journey of faith, he bids us, in the oft-quoted words of Dietrich
Bonhoeffer, to "come and die." This is not as morbid as it might sound. Again, listen to
the words of Dorothee Soelle:
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.