Foxe's Book of Martyrs contains a remarkable story of the simple monk, Telemachus. Following the victory of Stilicho during the mid-fifth-century, a great Roman gladiatorial combat was planned in the Coliseum as part of the celebration. Part of the incredible spectacle involved large numbers of gladiators fighting to the death. The competition included waves of battle. After each wave the dead were carted off and new sand was distributed to cover the blood before the next "contestants" emerged to do battle.
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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.