Each of the epistles of the New Testament concludes with a sentence of blessing or with
an ascription of praise or a benediction of some sort. These benedictions add a strong
awareness of following Christ, and dependence on the Holy Spirit.
Benedict (the word from which we derive "benediction"), literally means a
married man. Benedictine is a member of the order of monks established by Saint
Benedict, in 529. At first it was for married, as well as unmarried, men. The meaning has
broadened to include any short prayer with which a public service is concluded.
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.