John writes that Jesus is coming on the clouds and every eye will see him. In April 2005,
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope by 117 cardinal electors. During the process
of voting, the cardinals wrote their choice for pope on a slip of paper which they laid on
the altar. Then the ballots were counted. When a vote failed to elect a pope, the ballots
were mixed with chemicals and burned, which produced puffs of black smoke. When the
vote finally elected Ratzinger, the ballots were burned without chemicals resulting in
puffs of white smoke.
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.