Today's reading in Acts sounds like a wonderful dream, and at the same time it sounds like what was once America's worst fear: communism. Living in harmony, none poor or rich, all in equality -- living in communion with one another. We share communion with one another Sunday mornings. Why wouldn't it work to live in communion, as well? It's a beautiful dream, but not all dreams translate well in reality. We could begin a commune together, but would that further God's plan for us? We can shut ourselves away from the world to live in harmony, but the rest of the world doesn't go away.
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.