The great preacher, Phillips Brooks, titled his sermon on this text, "Vision and Task." We
all need a vision lest we are not able to meet the tasks that come. Scholars tell us that
when Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on the mountain something momentous
happened to them. Jesus was transfigured before them. God said: "Beloved" to Jesus a
second time. The disciples may not have understood that a cross awaited him in
Jerusalem. This experience prepared him and the three disciple leaders for that awful
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.