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The Sanskrit word for peace...
The Sanskrit word for "peace" is pac and means to bind or to fasten. It is the
word we know as pact -- to make a bargain. Perhaps, Jesus is reminding us that the peace
we think we want is, in fact, a peace that will bind us, fasten us to a pleasant, boring, but
ultimately nondescript life, while the peace offered by heaven is full life -- life rich,
varied, raw, and real. Life in all of its deepest reality. Life that is fully alive, if you will.
Perhaps, Jesus is reminding us that he does not make bargains with anything less than
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.