It is said that there was once a wise, old rabbi, who carried in his pocket two stones. One
stone had written on it, "For me the world was created." The other said, "I am dust and
ashes." The rabbi carried those two stones as a constant reminder that his life embodied a
certain tension between two contradictory aspects: an aspect of celebration, and an aspect
Most of us prefer celebration. It's no mystery why. To reach into our pocket and pull out
the stone that says "for me the world was created" is to revel in God's love, in the simple,
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.