The lesson portrays the Servant who suffers for us, the Messiah on the cross, as undesirable in appearance and disfigured (52:14-15; 53:2). Yet Pope Benedict XVI has reminded us that on the cross, despite its apparent ugliness, we see the future of humankind! For on the cross, in the wounds Jesus endured and through the opening of his flesh, all the walls and personal privacy that divide us are torn down as his blood flows on us and becomes our own. The wounds Jesus bears open him and us up -- to each other. His outstretched arms on the cross welcome us all into him.
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.