One of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the United States is located in the Manhattan section of New York City. The average household income there is more than 300,000 dollars per year. But just three miles away in the Harlem section of New York is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, where the average household income is less than 7,000 dollars a year. Many people aspire to wealth and the comforts that come with it. But here we are reminded that Jesus fulfilled his mission as the Son of God by identifying himself with those who suffer. -- Bowen
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.