Jesus, it appears, was ahead of his time. It is from within that the evil lurks was his
message. Jesus was talking about moral disease, sin. Today, the message is the same and
it is prevalent, but it deals more with our physical rather than our spiritual well-being.
Women are urged to have regular mammograms and PAP tests to check for breast and
cervical cancers. Men are urged to have regular rectal exams and PSA tests to check for
prostate cancer. We are all urged to have digital rectal exams or colonoscopies to screen
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.