(P, C) "This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner."
In Tolstoi's Anna Karenina an old peasant explains to Konstantin Levin why a certain man is good with the words, "He lives for his soul, he remembers God."
The scattered strands of our busy twentieth century lives threaten always to baffle and eventually defeat us. Our only sure defense is to build our lives on a foundation which enables us to order our priorities.
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.