Seated among the learned rabbis in the temple, the young Jesus displays a remarkable
awareness of who he is. In The Prayer of the Frog, Anthony de Mello tells a
story of a grown woman who is in a coma, near death, and lacks such self-awareness.
Suddenly this woman has a feeling that she is being taken up to heaven, and before she
knows it, she is standing before the Judgment Seat.
"Who are you?" a Voice says to her.
"I'm the wife of the mayor," she replies.
"I did not ask you whose wife you are, but who you are."
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.