Mary had almost lost her song. How mystified and pleased she was when Gabriel had brought her the message about a Son to be born, the one she was to name Jesus. And how Joseph had moved from anger to joyous expectation! But now the song was almost lost in the events. The physical pain, the lack of support from people she knew, the being away from the familiar surroundings, and especially being in this noisy, crowded place. And now there was no room for them. What happened to that song she knew? Where was the promise of God now?
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.