A 2006 Pew Foundation survey and a Baylor Religion Survey of the same year found that 4 in 10 Americans believed God was distant from our everyday lives. But Jesus says in our gospel that the faithful abide in him and he in them (v. 56)! We need this message in view of our tendency to disbelieve that God is active in our lives. But what sense does it make? Illustrations suggested for the First Kings text above can be employed. But likewise, it is not hard to appreciate Jesus' presence in our lives when we consider how the bread we ate today is dwelling in us, nourishing us.
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.