Fundamentally Easter declares that we are God's children in life and in death and that no condition of life is impenetrable to the redeeming power of God. The good news of Easter is equally applicable to the troubled adolescent and the dying AIDS victim. Robin E. Van Cleef expends our understanding of the Resurrection in a piece entitled "Easter Evidence."
I look for Easter evidence. The whole world is looking too, searching for some sign, some sure signal that Christ is alive. But all I ever seem to see are other persons.
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.