There is an old story about a young boy who consistently disobeyed his parents, coming
home late from school. On one particular day, his parents warned him that he must come
home on time that day, at all costs, or else there would be serious repercussions. The boy
arrived later than ever.
As he walked through the door, neither his mother nor his father said a word to him. At
dinner, the boy looked down at his plate and saw only a slice of bread and a glass of
water. He looked at his father's full plate and then at his father, but still his father said
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.