Perhaps each of us knows at least one little girl or boy who is positive that the gift they want the most will be under the Christmas tree. Nothing can shake that child's confidence. No matter how often they hear words like, "That might not be possible. You know you don't get everything you want for Christmas," their faith remains firm. The impossible will happen. Mary must have had that kind of faith. She believed that the impossible was possible. She believed that the Lord's words would come to pass. -- Conroy
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.