Ronald Dahl wrote a short story called "Lamb to the Slaughter," about a woman who killed her husband by beating him with a frozen leg of lamb, then putting the leg of lamb in the oven. When the police arrive to investigate, she kindly serves them the dinner she had prepared for her poor dead spouse. The police joke about the possibility of the murder weapon being right beneath their noses -- oh, how right they are. Like those policemen, the answer was right beneath the noses of the Jewish leaders of Jesus' day. Jesus was right there the whole time, warming up in the rural areas.
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.