Jesus said that the poor are blessed, and Paul taught that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. In this letter, however, the apostle calls for the church to discipline those who choose to become poor by not working. In contrast, Victorian opinion often attributed one's financial status -- high or low -- to the will of God. As one of the original stanzas of the hymn "All Things Bright And Beautiful" says: The rich man at his castle, The poor man at his gate, God made them high and lowly And ordered man's estate.
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.