Jesus is moving and working among the Gentiles. Every word and action speaks of the kingdom of God that is now present for all nations and all peoples. Jesus does not heal people to prove the kingdom or to demonstrate the kingdom; he heals because God's kingdom is healing and life for all people. Paradoxically, the more Jesus asks them not to speak of his miraculous acts, the more they spread the word. The public and the private Jesus become all mixed together. He does what he must do; he does what needs to be done -- he brings God to the people in a word and a touch.
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.