The declaration of Jesus that he had come to set the prisoners free would be welcome news to most of the men in our jails and penitentiaries, as it was in Jesus' day, but a somewhat different kind of news to his hearers. Now, as then, men in prison are often seen by the general public as "deserving whatever they get," and we generally do not concern ourselves much with their welfare and fear their release. Many prisoners are abandoned by their families, who are unwilling to share the pain of their misdeeds and incarceration.
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.