Humans divide time into manageable hunks, then we name those days, months, and eras.
Ancient people calculated years from a new ruler's ascension. Some rulers even stretched
their influence by naming time: Julius Caesar, July; Augustus Caesar, August. We
continue to reckon time by significance when we talk of "summer after the eight grade,"
"when we lived on Oak Street," or "before Dad died."
Moses is ordered to create a new calendar with the first Passover in the first month to
commemorate freedom from slavery. In the sixth Christian century, Dionysius Exiguus
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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.