In the Orient, Zen masters use koans to convey truth to the student. Koans are riddles that have no logical explanation. They force the student into a nonverbal experience of reality. For example, the Zen master will say to the student, "You have heard the sound of two hands clapping. What is the sound of one hand clapping? Another one: "What was your original face before your parents gave you birth? Words do not suffice for an answer. As one Zen saying puts it, "Words are the fog one has to see throug
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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.