There was a human-interest story in The New York Times several years ago that
told about a woman named Phyllis Cohen and her encounter with a homeless woman in
Penn Station. She gave the woman a dollar and asked her which was the nearest exit to
Phyllis reported, "Her face lit up like a corpse come to life. She gave me detailed
directions and walked with me to be sure I got it right, talking animatedly all the way. It
seemed as though by asking something of her, by assuming she had something to give, I
had validated, or reinstated her personhood."
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.