Reunions are usually fun occasions. It's great to chat with families and catch up on the
old days. When Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, it was one extraordinary
time. Both Joseph and his brothers had done things they'd regretted. When a boy, Joseph
ratted on his brothers and seemed to flaunt his "Armani" coat. To be sure, they
overreacted to their brash younger brother.
How the years had changed their circumstances. The power was now in his hands and
Pharaoh likely would not have questioned him had he taken vengeance on them.
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.