A retired priest asked the local undertaker to call him if ever there was a person to be buried who had no friends or family. It was not too long before the undertaker called to say there was now a very old man to be buried -- no family, no friends. The old priest went to the chapel and prayed for the dead man; he accompanied the undertaker to the cemetery and said prayers at the grave. All for a man whom he had never even met. The undertaker was so impressed by the priest's example of love and care that he asked if he would teach him about faith in Jesus.
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.