In the midst of our Advent distinctions between vision and sight, this Sunday's pericopes seem to merge the two. The first lesson from Isaiah 35 splatters a vision of the kingdom of God all over the landscape, transforming flora and fauna, to say nothing of human welfare. The Gospel from Matthew 11 draws our attention to what was happening in the ministry of Jesus right before the very eyes of the people. Together the two lessons challenge us to consider the "already" nature of the kingdom as it dawned in the life, death, and resurrection of 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.