A cartoon is sometimes more forceful than a sermon. The New Yorker magazine is hard to beat in this department. Some time ago one of their artists showed the front of a church with the congregation coming out after the service. Everybody is fighting with everybody else, and one lady is hitting the minister over the head with an umbrella. A man and his wife passing by on the street observe the conflict and she says to him, "Goodness, what do you suppose the rector's message for the troubled world was this time?"
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.