The San Jose State University football team was not doing so well during the 1996 season. But instead of scheduling extra practice sessions, the head coach came up with a different idea to solve his team's problems. What the team did was take out ads looking for someone who could put a curse on their opponents. The head coach explained that they were not wanting to get anyone injured, but that they just wanted someone who could put a really good hex on the opposition. In this passage, Jesus invites us to consider how much faith we have in the power of prayer. -- Bowen
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.