Jesus teachesusthat, to be his followers, we must be caring, even
toward those who consider us their enemies. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor who
was martyred by the Nazis in World War II, wrote:
Love for our enemies takes us along the way of the cross and into fellowship
with the Crucified. The more we are driven along this road, the more certain is the victory
of love over the enemy's hatred. For then it is not the disciple's own love, but the love of
Jesus Christ alone, who for the sake of his enemies went to the cross and prayed for them
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.