A Hebrew man encountered a friend of his as he was on his way to temple. His friend said to him, "How are you?" To this he replied, "Not well! I sent my son to Israel and he came back a Christian!" To this his friend replied, "The same thing happened to me." So they both went to temple to pray. While praying in the temple, they said to God, "Lord, help us. We sent our sons to Israel and they came back Christians!" To this the Lord replied, "The same thing happened to me!" -- Frank
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.