The pastor was dedicating a painting during the worship hour. The sun glistened on the glass, distorting the picture for the congregation. One woman saw in the glare an image of Jesus.
The experience for her was stark; she was sure Jesus was present to her. But the event did not end with the exaltation of her spirit. The next week she went about apologizing to those whom she had injured.
The vision of Jesus still comes as a two-edged sword. We might conclude: if it were not a two-edged sword, rightly dividing the truth within us, is it a vision of Jesus at all?
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.