In Homer's epic The Odyssey, the gods punished the war hero Odysseus by sending him on a fantastic voyage to wild and dangerous places, instead of allowing him to return safely to his home on Ithaca. Left alone at home, his wife Penelope became the object of many suitors, who believed and would have had her believe that her husband had perished. Penelope refused all the attention she was paid, finding herself unable to accept that the great Odysseus could have died after surviving the Trojan war.
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.