It is interesting that more people fear the Internal Revenue Service than God. We hear the stories of how the IRS has come and seized people's property, and how they have arrested people for cheating on their taxes. So most people give the IRS what is expected, because they are afraid of the consequences if they do not. But at the same time, many people have no problem cheating God. They give to God less than is appropriate, but they figure: "What's the big deal? Whoever heard of God auditing anyone?" This passage urges us to recapture the holiness of the Father and the Son.
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.