We cannot escape the power of the cross on this special day. The old hymn has it right,
"In the cross of Christ I glory, Tow'ring o'er the wrecks of time...." The cross of Jesus
endures. But today's text reminds us of the implications of the veil of the temple rent
from top to bottom and the accessibility that God's love opens to all. There is a practical
side to Good Friday. If the cross is the power of God unto salvation, from that central
truth flows many realistic alternatives. The writer of Hebrews enumerates some of these:
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.