Jesus was aware of the hypocrisy of those scolding him for performing healing on the
Lord's day. The Jewish teaching and tradition gave permission to lead the animals to
water, or to pull an animal out of a pit on the sabbath. I would like to suggest that this
teaching of Jesus is one of the "cultured" pearls of great price that is found in the
Until recent times, the only pearls found were those where an irritant found its way inside
an oyster shell. The oyster would coat the irritant with a pearly coating, and if left long
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.