"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning." Perhaps this final sentence from Thornton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey understands some of what Paul means when he says that "the greatest of these is love." But better still is what paleontologist and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote in his book Toward the Future: "The day will come when after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love.
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.