Mark reminds us that the clamor of the friends of the sick and diseased was so overwhelming that they brought their sick to the marketplace and begged Jesus to let the sick just touch the edge of his garment. All who did so were healed. We do no harm to the physical healing ministry of Jesus when we stress the more inclusive term "whole" or "wholeness." Jesus comes to make us whole in the total person. Jesus asked the crippled man by the pool of Bethsaida: "Would you be made whole?" As great as it is to be well in body, the greater miracle is to be whole in body, mind, and spirit.
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.