Luther, in commenting on this text, states that "No one can have one God unless he clings to Him alone and trusts in Him alone." Otherwise he will devise a whole set of other gods. When we yield to the seductive power of our false gods we are not only guilty of idolatry, but actually of polytheism -- the worship of many gods. They do not demand our total allegiance, but only our daily obedience and occasional service. They are glad to have us go to church on Sunday and say our prayers. The god of wealth, for instance, is happy to have us go to church to thank God for our prosperity.
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.