On June 16, 1991, Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York preached a Father's Day sermon in Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. The New York Times reported that "the cardinal used his Father's Day sermon to remind the faithful that God should be described only in male terms, such as Father and He. God should not be described, he said, in female terms such as Mother and She." In light of today's passage from Trio-Isaiah, we need to reflect on feminine images for God. Hosea portrayed God as "a she-bear robbed of her cubs (Hosea 13:8, NEB)."
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.