No one is immune to the kind of dismay and discouragement that Jeremiah expressed --
not even Mother Teresa. In an interview with CNN, the Archbishop of Calcutta, Henry
D'Souza, revealed that Mother Teresa had her moments of sorrow and despair when she
was searching for a place to house her ministry to the dying in Calcutta. She once wrote,
"I wandered the streets the whole day. My feet are aching, and I have not been able to
find a home."
Yet, she did eventually find a place for her work. Even in the midst of sorrow and
dismay, God is at work.
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.