Father Jim Carney was an American Jesuit priest who was assigned to a mission in
Honduras. Father Jim loved the poor and oppressed and spent almost twenty years in
Honduras ministering to the poorest of the poor. He became one of them by living as they
lived, eating what they ate, and sharing their life. He became a Honduran citizen in 1973.
Because he tried to help the people better themselves by helping them to form
cooperatives, strengthening unions, and fighting for land that was rightfully theirs, he was
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.