Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about justice called The Picture of Dorian
Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral
virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an
example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
Dorian idolized the painting. He woke each morning to admire it. He ended every day
with a gaze at his mirrored perfection. Someone so lovely could do no wrong, he began to
think, or at least would not be punished for it. In his vanity, he became selfish and
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.