Many people carry with them a mustard seed as we know them, a small light-colored
seed about the size of radish seed. If you handle seeds at all you know that there are seeds
much smaller than the radish. In fact the mustard seed Jesus referred to is not the one you
may see today sealed in a ball of plastic. The seed Jesus had in mind was a tiny black
seed half the size of the smallest seed you may have for your garden. According to
Google, the world's smallest seed is the epiphytic orchid. It weighs only 35 millionths of
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.