Jesus seems to favor the poor in this parable. This lines up with the insights of the father of black liberation theology James Cone, who says that Jesus reveals "he is the God of and for those who labor and are heavy laden" (A Black Theology of Liberation, pp. 7-8). Most of us do not want to hear this. Harvard economist Edward Glaaeser has found that 60% of Americans believe that the poor are lazy (A World of Difference). Social analyst Alvin Toffler makes clear why we tend to bash the poor.
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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.