Jesus hears that Lazarus is ill. He says, "This sickness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it." Was Jesus wrong? After all, Lazarus died and was buried. He was four days dead by the time Jesus came to his tomb. This reference to four days by St. John shows that Lazarus was as dead as he could be, for it was a customary belief that the soul of a Jew stayed by the body for three days before departing forever. Lazarus had died. Was Jesus wrong about Lazarus' "sickness is not unto death?"
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.