The "Beatitudes" ask us to be weak so that we may be strong. They ask us to let go in order to receive. They remind us of the Greek Goddess, Inana, who has a sister that is in trouble in the underworld. Inana thinks it will be a cinch to go down and save her. Because she is so much a "somebody" in the upper world, she thinks the lower world will also obey her will. On the first level on the way down, Inana is asked to surrender her headdress. At the second gate, she is asked for her necklace.
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.