Early on in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a character named Hagrid appears. Hagrid is part giant, very tall, with a deep, gruff voice, bushy hair and a long, rough, moleskin overcoat. Hagrid appears on Harry's 11th birthday with an important announcement for Harry and his aunt and uncle. Hagrid announces that Harry is actually a wizard and has been accepted to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Like John the Baptist does for Jesus, Hagrid announces Harry's identity and foretells great things for him in the future.
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.