We see people around us who are selfish and self-centered living in big, fancy houses,
while others who are trying to help those around them are living in poorly built shacks --
or are homeless.
We see heads of big corporations making fifty, sixty, or even seventy times as much per
year as most of their workers. We see the children of the wealthy tooling around in their
Hummers, while the children of the poor lack even enough health care to keep them from
dying of diseases as inexpensively preventable as dehydration from dysentery.
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.