Earthly powers enslave us. The media makes us its puppets in dictating to us what we (think we) want. Society puts us in racial and gender straitjackets. We fight wars because government tells us to, and society largely keeps us in the social class in which we are born. These earthly powers are the four beasts of Daniel's dream. But Daniel's dream makes clear that insofar as the holy ones of the Lord (perhaps the Messiah) will be the one(s) to possess the kingdom, we have the assurance that the ways of the world will not ultimately prevail.
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.