Thomas Aquinas said, "The most hopeful people in the world are the young and the
drunk: the first because they have little experience of failure, and the second because they
have succeeded in drowning theirs."
Christian hope isn't the "natural" hope that often resides in those who are young, good
looking, living in a democracy, or whose families are wealthy (or, who are "drunk").
Christian hope is within us, but it comes from outside of us. It's God's future invading the
present. Christian hope is the awareness of alternatives that energize our potential. It
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.