Several years ago the late astronomer Carl Sagan opened the eyes of television viewers to the wonders of the universe in his documentary series, Cosmos. Paul also opens the eyes of his audience. Paul reveals to us his faith in the cosmic God whose power was unleashed in the universe. This cosmos, avers Paul, is ruled by Jesus Christ. The power of God as ruler of the universe is sung with verve in the hymn, "All Things Bright And Beautiful" by Cecil Alexander: All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful,
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.