Jesus speaks of Jerusalem as the launch pad from which the Christian witness is to go to all nations. Cape Kennedy on the east coast of Florida has been the launch pad for many orbital and lunar missions. With a good launch pad, one can boost off into "brave new worlds." In her novel The Sparrow, author Mary Doria Russell writes about a civilization from another world -- Rakhat in the Alpha Centauri star system. Radio transmission had been detected by Jesuit astronomers, proving to them "God had other children." They concluded, "There is simply no alternative.
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.