Jesus' life could shame us all. We might not stoop to wash anyone's feet. Even though Jesus was the master, he was still humble. The more we read of Jesus' life, the more we feel we are hardly worthy to be a student or even a slave.
Beelzebub means "lord of flies." Flies are always a big nuisance. God's main job was keeping away the flies from his worshipers. How much more will our Lord protect us from the little nuisances of life, which may be far worse than flies? It also means "lord of dung or crap." It is the name given to Satan by our Lord.
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.