One winter day a Roman soldier called "Martin of Tours" observed a beggar shivering and asking for alms. Martin had no money to give, but the beggar was so cold. Martin would give him what he had. He took off his soldier's coat, worn and frayed though it was. He cut it in two and gave half to the beggar. That night he had a dream. He was in heaven in his dream. He saw Jesus standing in the midst of the angels. Jesus was wearing half of a Roman cloak. One of the angels asked him: "Master, why do you wear this old frayed coat?" Jesus answered: "Martin of Tours gave it to me today."
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.