I remember my uncle telling about going to an infant baptism in the Greek Orthodox
church. He was surprised to see the baby in rather plain, old clothes. But then, at the time
of baptism, the baby was undressed, the water of baptism was poured over him and a
new, beautiful, white garment was placed on the baby. In the early church, all those who
had been baptized were also dressed in white, the whitest garment available. Verse 27 in
Galatians 3 talks about being clothed in Christ. Through baptism one truly entered into
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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.