Early in the cherished 1965 movie, The Sound of Music, we see the sisters at the
abbey wondering about their whimsical novice, Maria. At the moment, no one can find
her, and one of the sisters dutifully reports to the Reverend Mother that she has looked in
all the usual places. "Considering that it's Maria," responds the wise, old woman,
"perhaps you should look someplace unusual."
We do have a natural tendency, of course, to look in "usual" places. When we have
searched high and low for something that is missing, we'll finally sigh, "I've looked
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.