Few things, if any, in life are free. We apply the barter system to everything. Want to go to a friend’s house? First, clean your room. Want a back rub? Help me finish washing the dishes. Want $5 to go to the movies? Eat all your vegetables. We barter with our family, with our friends, with our coworkers. Sometimes we don’t even realize what we’re doing. “Yeah, I’ll help you study for your biology test. Want to get some ice cream before we start?” Even the people following Jesus do this. Jesus says “believe”; in their minds, it’s a ripoff to just give him their belief.
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.