Talk of having "the same mind" can excite science fiction fans to speculate about a
"super mind" descending upon earth from space to defeat humanity and then to dominate
us. That's the spatial opposite of some modern opinions of the Christian faith. Skeptics
speculate that Christian belief in God is merely our projecting earthly, human needs and
desires onto the universe, which we then perceive and name "god."
Our risen Lord Jesus was originally the earthly and humble Galilean teacher who spoke
of common life and nature, performed miracles of compassion, hung around with
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.