Jesus touched the eyes of blind Bartimaeus and said, "Go, your faith has made you well, has saved you." Bartimaeus looked into the eyes of Jesus. He had never seen eyes before, nor mouths, nor ears, nor sand, nor mountains, nor a blue canopy of sky overhead. "Lord, I can see! I can see!" Jesus replied, "Would that you see with your soul as well as with your eyes!" Bartimaeus was so excited all he could say was, "But, Jesus, how can I repay you? What can I give you? Let me be your servant and follow you all my life." Jesus shook his head.
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.