The text is all about faith. But we make too much of faith, according to Martin Luther. Faith is a small thing in his view, "nothing else than a clinging to the word of God" (Luther's Works, Vol. 29, p. 230). The strength of one's faith does not matter: "It is, of course, true that I and you do not hold and believe the saving truth so firmly as Saint Peter does. Yet we have one and the same treasure... Two persons may hold a purse full of money: one with a weak hand, the other with a strong hand.
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.