Basil was devoted to serving his Lord. Basil was baptized into the Christian faith at age 30. He lived in the fourth century A.D. About 10 years into his Christian life, there was a severe famine in the region where he lived. Having extensive property holdings, he decided to sell them and use the money in relief of the starving. He also became involved in raising other money to help those in need. As an organizer of the relief effort, he would not allow any discrimination when it came to the distribution of goods. All were to receive as needed, regardless of their religious background.
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.