John the Baptist is on the same team with Jesus, but he is not Jesus. Among the events in the 30th Olympic Games this past summer in London were the relays, both in the pool and on the track. Preliminary heats are held to qualify for the finals. Being a team event, there can be swimmers or runners in the semi-finals that are not in the finals; they helped get the team into the finals but then another member may be substituted for that race. John prepared the way for Jesus to show up in the finals. It is Jesus who brings home the gold.
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.