Looking at the broken, beaten body of Jesus, we see the destiny of all innocence. Nice children can't wander through the schoolyard without encountering bullies. It is the way of life; the New Jerusalem has not yet arrived. Some foolishly grow impatient, and fail to wait for the resurrection. But we have to wait, because Jesus assures us that if we endure the cross, we will experience the resurrection. When we wait, however, the delay seems endless. I hate to wait -- even for a red light! I am impatient by nature. I want the world and I want it now! There is, however, great worth in waiting.
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.