It was a woman who first made contact with the risen Lord. Jesus didn't even reveal himself to John or Peter when they checked out the tomb. You can make of that what you will, though she did not recognize him at first. If it was hard for Mary to convince the men and for the disciples to believe in the resurrection even when they were witnesses, then how can we expect some today to believe it just from us quoting the Bible? What does it take to bring to Jesus some we try to convince today? I feel the answer is that people may believe if they see Jesus alive in us today.
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.