A preacher usually groans when it is discovered that the sermon text for Sunday is Jesus' strict teaching regarding divorce and remarriage. Dotted throughout the congregation are divorced persons, and persons who have remarried following divorce; for such people this passage can reopen old wounds and stir again feelings of failure. But is avoiding those words because of their painful nature an option? Can we pick and choose what we want to hear from Jesus? No, we need to hear all of what Jesus is saying to us -- including that which makes us uncomfortable.
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.