You know how it is when you're packing for a long trip. You lay out all the things you
want, then you narrow it down to the things you need -- and all along, you ask yourself,
"What if it rains? What if my flight is canceled, and I have to spend an extra night? Do I
have enough money for every emergency? And, oh yes, Karl Malden says, be sure to buy
Before his disciples set out on their journey, Jesus tells them, "Carry no purse, no bag, no
sandals." Disciples of Jesus Christ are meant to travel light. Everything that could
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.