Our lesson speaks of our unity, for Christ now fills all things. Ancient North African theologian Augustine offers a wonderful image for understanding Paul's point. He would have us think of God (and Christ) as a vast ocean, larger than all the seven seas combined, and the universe as but a small grain of sand in that vast ocean (Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 1, pp. 104-105, 74). All of us are nothing but little specks in that grain of sand, all saturated by the waters of the divine ocean.
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.