Saint Paul, in this text, talks about the way in which one individual life has been transformed by the power of the resurrection of Jesus. Paul writes," ... by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me was not in vain." God's grace of new life changes us all. When we celebrate baptisms in my congregation, the hymn of choice is "We Know That Christ Is Raised." The first and last verses of this hymn tell this Easter message gloriously:
We know that Christ is raised and dies no more. Embraced by death, he broke its fearful hold,
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.