When the Twin Towers collapsed in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attack, many were wondering why some survived and others didn't. Claims were made that sinners were punished; judgments were even cast against the United States as a whole. It is tempting to play judge when terrible things happen. Jesus avoids this regarding two incidences when people died -- one at the hand of Pilate and the other in the collapse of the Tower of Siloam. Instead, he focuses on the tenuous nature of life itself and encourages everyone to tend to first things first while one has time.
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.