(A) Has anyone ever thought of the passage here as an "absolution," spoken after the confession of sin in a Sunday liturgy? The authority of Christ to lift out, cut away, cast forth any sin or agent of sin (demons) is forever a cosmic battle which only Christ can win. Each week we assemble as the ones who carry the disease of sin. We cry out, "Son of God, have mercy on us." And Christ's own powerful Word says, "Arise, go forth and live." The demons obey him; they are out and away The grip of sin and death is broken. We are free to live as a new people of God. - Cobb
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.