No doctrine of our faith stirs up such controversy as that of the Holy Spirit. It is subject to extremes; people either claim too much or too little about it. The range goes all the way from ridiculousness to silence. The hymn Veni Sancte Spiritus, written by Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, around A.D. 1200 goes a long way toward highlighting the work of the Spirit in a more balanced way that we have come to expect:
O Holy Ghost Come down from heaven's height, Give us Thy light. O Father of the poor, All gifts to men are Thine
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.