An old saint made a pilgrimage to a famous shrine and started home with a light he had kindled from off the sacred altar. He intended to burn that light on his journey back but passed by a poor woman whose fire in her house had gone out and she was in the cold, shivering with sickness. It was before the time of matches and she had no way to rekindle her fire so she asked the saint to share the sacred fire with her. He did and, traveling on, was caught in an intense storm and his flame was blown out by the wind.
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.