In the second century, some Christians produced popular literature that told stories of Jesus as a young boy. The best known such book is called the Infancy Gospel of Thomas. It tells of Jesus making clay pigeons that then come to life and fly away. Another time, Joseph cuts a board too short in the carpenter shop and Jesus miraculously stretches it to the right length. He heals his childhood friends and raises one from the dead. But then, on a more disturbing note, a child bumps into him one day in the marketplace and, annoyed, Jesus curses him so that he falls down and dies.
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.