Paul often linked three great Christian qualities as he did here: "Your work of faith, labor
of love, and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." In his first letter to the
Corinthians, he wrote of love's superiority over faith and hope. Love clearly has the edge,
but it falters apart from hope and faith.
Without faith that Jesus is the Christ, the only Son of God, church folks lose their sense
of direction and purpose; the church's work is blunted. Apart from hope in the
resurrection with Jesus, people give up and quit their efforts. Every follower of Jesus
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.