One of the most famous paintings in the world is Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the
Lord's Supper. When he was 43 years old, he was asked by the Duke of Milan to paint it.
Giving meticulous care to details, he spent three years painting. He painted the disciples
in groups of three, six on each side of Jesus. When it was completed, he invited a
respected friend to give his opinion of the painting. Something like the following
conversation took place: "It's wonderful," exclaimed the friend. "I cannot divert my eyes
from the splendid chalice."
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.