Mark tells us that Jesus, "was beside the sea." Whenever one hears of Jesus walking on water or calming the stormy sea, one can find meaning in this historical fact: The sea is a term for the pagan god of chaos. Opposing this god of chaos is Jesus, our God of order, who stands beside the chaotic sea, calms it and even walks over it!
In Mark's gospel today, Jesus is standing beside the chaos of dying and sickness and taking action to heal and comfort. In the chaos and confusion of our daily lives, we can raise our voices: "O God order our days and our deeds in your peace!"
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.