A current critic of the Church remarked that religious faith is more often a "dull habit rather than a contagious fever." It was more than a dull habit that energized those early Christians in the first century of whom it was observed that "they turned the world upside down." It was more than a dull habit that enabled Saul of Tarsus to stand in chains before a king and testify, "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision!" It was more than a dull habit that led young Francis of Assisi to renounce his father's wealth and become a roving troubadour for God.
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.