The gospels devote a great deal of attention to the week before Easter. Beginning with Palm Sunday and continuing through Jesus' burial on Friday evening, a full quarter of Matthew's entire book is devoted to that one week. Similarly that week dominates nearly a third of Mark's gospel and nearly 40% of John's! Luke is the writer who devotes the smallest portion to that week, but 18% is still a remarkable share of a book that begins all the way back with a prediction of the birth of John the Baptist.
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.