An Irish king was looking for a successor who would love God and his fellow human
beings, and invited applications. An Irish peasant sold his few belongings, bought a new
suit, and began the long journey to the castle to submit his name. On the way, he passed a
hungry and cold beggar. The peasant gave him half his sandwich. When the beggar asked
for clothes, the peasant exchanged his new suit for the beggar's clothes. When the peasant
arrived at the castle and was ushered into the king's chambers, he looked up into the
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.