Paul's point is that we Gentiles have been grafted into the tree that is Judaism. We are
adopted Jews! This entails that their rich heritage belongs to all Christians. It also means
that, despite their faithlessness, God has not given up on or renounced his covenant with the
Jews. Works and lack of faith it seems do not matter when it comes to God's faithfulness to
his promises. On this matter Martin Luther wrote:
For the counsel of God is not changed by either the merits or demerits of anyone. For
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.