Professional basketball player Michael Jordan is one of the most recognizable figures in the world. After leading the Chicago Bulls to six NBA Championships in eight years, he has also helped to make the Bulls symbol one of the most highly merchandised products. When people see Michael or the Bulls symbol they think basketball. In this passage from Luke, Jesus first is not recognized. After he takes bread, blesses it, breaks it, and gives it to them, then he is recognized. Here is something that we can associate with Jesus Christ as well.
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.