The little story about Mary and Elizabeth seems pleasant enough, doesn't it? Imagine the
two pregnant women, cousins, meeting in Elizabeth's country home in the hills of Judea.
Picture their excited, loving embrace. There's that lovely touch: the baby leaping in
Elizabeth's womb on meeting Jesus as his greeting to Jesus. Finally, at the end of the
passage, Mary breaks forth in magnificent song. Heartwarming, isn't it? Or is it? Mary's
situation may not be as idyllic as it seems. If Mary was serene and peaceful, it
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.