God has taken the initiative and opened for us the possibility of a new relationship of closeness. This was done through Christ, who left heaven to serve as the reconciliation between us and God. To be reconciled to God means to allow Christ to overcome the sinful enmity between ourselves and God. As we accept Christ into our lives, two things happen: first we are encouraged and empowered to cease our wrongful ways; second, the gap between us and God is bridged by having Christ's righteousness replace our sinfulness. That is the mystery of faith.
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.