The First Reading for today is a bit hard to take -- few biblical passages are so apparently void of promise or gospel. But, wed to the other lessons, it serves well to highlight the absolute initiative of God in bringing humans to salvation. Jeremiah offers a bleak picture of what the future of humanity could be. If God chose to "uncreate" the world, to let the stupidity of our race have its full effect, who would stand? No one. The "good," if there be any, would be swept away with the "bad." But God's judgment can go the other way.
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.