In a New York Times article appearing on June 26, 1999, Dan Barney tells the story of a young homeless man named Eric. Eric lives on one of the many corners on Montague Street in Brooklyn. Most people don't notice Eric. Like all homeless people, he melts into the scenery of our urban landscape. So on a March afternoon in 1996, it was no surprise that two jewel thieves running out of a store with 4,500 dollars and an assortment of gold rings and bracelets, didn't pay much attention to Eric. They didn't seem to notice that Eric saw them get into a waiting car and speed off.
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.