(L) Someone has said, "Only he who believes obeys, and only he who obeys believes." The story of Abraham and Isaac brings a surge of compassion for Isaac, the precious son of Sarah, the child of hope. Even though he was spared by God's intervention, the trauma of allowing himself to be bound and placed on the altar of fire is reminiscent of Jesus' obedience. Seeing the raised hand of his beloved father preparing to perform the bloody deed must have terrified him. But he submitted; it was his father who held the knife. Mercifully, the terror was relieved as the ram appeared.
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.