It is a tradition in the Philippines that each year on Good Friday a number of people volunteer to be crucified. In 1997, fourteen people agreed to be nailed to a cross. With thousands of people looking on, those fourteen people had five-inch nails hammered into their hands and feet, as they were then lifted up onto wooden crosses. After enduring that agony for about fifteen minutes, the people were then taken down from their crosses, bandaged up, and rushed to a nearby hospital. It seems that those people feel that by doing that, they are paying God back for their sins.
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.