Isaiah 6:1-8 In the early 1800s the Sisters of Mercy were organized in Ireland. Up until this time all nuns who belonged to religious orders lived cloistered in monasteries. The Sisters of Mercy broke with this tradition when they left the convent and began works of mercy and service to those residing in the community. For this reason they were called the Walking Sisters.
When Isaiah spoke the words, "Here am I, send me!" he was speaking for all Christians and our willingness to be servants of the Lord. In speaking those words all of us become Walking Sisters.
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.