Enshrined in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is Calvary, the place where Jesus died on the cross. Most of this stone hill called Golgotha has been enclosed within the church structure in order to protect it from vandals and souvenir seekers. However, at the base of the stone hill there is a section of three foot by four foot glass that allows one to look upon the rock for oneself. At the top of Calvary, a chapel has been constructed which contains a life-size crucifix made of precious metals. Countless incense burners, and an altar adorn the chapel.
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.