"Our commonwealth in heaven" is provocative imagery. It is not intended to draw our attention away from planet earth and its problems, but it is designed to point to what is of ultimate value and supreme importance. Earth is intended to bask in the light that comes from that commonwealth, even as the field of wheat basks in the warmth of the sun.
Centering instead on "earthly things," we prove T. S. Eliot right:
Endless invention, endless experiment, Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness; Knowledge of speech, but not of silence ...
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.