There is much literature about the fraying of America into different social classes that never interact or have almost nothing in common. See Charles Murray, Coming Apart and Annette Lareau, Unequal Childhoods. The staggering inequality of wages is a no less blatant example of the fraying of our social fabric. The AFL-CIO found that based on 2012 salaries the average CEO makes 354 times the salary of the average employee. Jesus' comments about how he and the Father share all things (a consequence of the Trinity doctrine) have implications for addressing our social ills.
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.