Each morning an elderly woman was seen kneeling before a statue of the Virgin Mary at the city's great cathedral in Florence. Savanarola, the respected pastor of the city, commented to a friend on how devout the woman was. But the great fifteenth-century preacher was offered a word of caution. The woman he sees kneeling each morning, when she was young she was asked to pose as the Virgin Mary by the one of the cathedral's sculptures. What Savanarola was witnessing was not an act of contrition but one of egotism. She was kneeling before herself.
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.