This passage raises the matter of credibility issues. Within a few verses, a remarkable stereotype is destroyed forever. Has it been acknowledged and accounted for in today's preaching? Can we as worshiping communities honor the speech of women?
Rachel Conrad Wahlberg notes that in the account of the resurrection, the disciples believed the women were telling "idle tales." Even today, the words of women continue to be characterized or discounted as gossip on old wives' tales. Yet Jesus chose women to be the first witnesses of his new life!
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.