"Confirmation," the sacrament by which we are strengthened by the Holy Spirit, seems to be losing its wonder and majesty as we emphasize baptism and early communion. It need not be so. The very first confirmation service that I participated in occurred in a Roman Catholic church. Numerous bishops, all dressed in red, accompanied by dozens of priests gathered with a hundred young people for the laying on of hands and prayers. Months of preparation had gone into the confirmation classes and planning this liturgy.
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.