One day word came to a bishop that one of the churches in his care was ignoring the poor and the homeless and was catering to those of means. Wanting to know more about their love and hospitality the bishop decided to pay them a visit. After careful thought he decided to lay aside his pulpit robe and clerical collar and would wear the clothing of a man down on his luck. As he traveled among the parish, he was received in a variety of ways. Many of the people he came in contact with were simply rude and told him to "get lost." There were others who seemed to show a bit of kindness.
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.