The law is not our schoolmaster. It leads us to our teacher, who is Christ. We all have times when we feel trapped by the law and can't escape. The Jews had 613 laws in addition to the big ten! They tried to trap Jesus with all these miniscule rules, but he refuses to be trapped. So if we want an answer we should go to him and not just bring out more rules: don't drink or smoke or dance -- and on and on! There are so many that we can't even remember them all and feel trapped -- held prisoner to them! The law is only given as a guideline for our life. It shows us what pleases God.
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.