Steve was attending a business meeting in New York City. Late one afternoon Steve decided to attend a vespers service at one of the churches. Throughout the service Steve noticed an elderly woman sitting several pews in front of him. When the time came to go to the altar to receive communion, an usher asked if he could help the woman to the altar. He was told that she was legally blind and would need assistance. Steve agreed and helped her to the altar. Together they ate the bread, drank the juice, and remembered the words of Jesus, “This is my body ...
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.