The lesson refers to grace and mercy being on God's holy ones (v. 9). Only by grace and mercy can the saints be saints. Martin Luther put it this way once: "But we say that the real saints of Christ must be good, stout sinners who are not ashamed to pray the Lord's Prayer... They are not called saints because they are without sins or have become saintly through works... But they become holy though a foreign holiness, namely through that of the Lord Christ..." (What Luther Says, p. 1247).
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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.