The Old Testament lesson tells of one of the most sensational transfers of power from the
older to the younger. The mantle, robe, or cloak is the symbol of power that Elijah passes
to Elisha. Earlier, as recorded in 1 Kings 19:19, Elijah looks for Elisha, finds him
working with oxen, and throws his mantle over him. Elisha leaves the oxen and follows
Later, when Elijah is taken to heaven in a chariot of fire, his robe is left behind and Elisha
claims it as a symbol of spiritual power.
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.