Belief is not always easy. It is born from ancient Scriptures and present hope, and it must endure assaults from the enemies of doubt, fear and anguish. When the physical body yearns for the sustenance of the bread which comes from the oven; it is not easy to be pacified with the spiritual manna which gives one intangible promises of a futune heaven. Yet, through the teachings and life of Christ and the examples of his disciples -- both ancient and modern-day -- we are greatly strengthened in our faith.
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.