Nathanael's exclamation, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from Nazareth?" may not make much sense to our minds. But perhaps we will hear it a different way if we think of it in more local terms: the Bronx, if you are from Manhattan; Dallas, if you are from Houston; California or Ohio, if you are from the east coast; New Jersey, if you are from New York; or New York, if you are from New Jersey. Where is Nazareth for you psychologically? Can anything good come from there? Could God come from there? -- Winifred
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.