The shadows begin to lengthen as we follow Jesus toward Jerusalem, today via the gospel of John. The conspiracy against Jesus has been launched with the blessing of the wily Caiaphas who argues reasons of expediency (John 11:49-50). Jesus slips out of sight into the wilderness of Ephraim (John 11:54) and emerges only as Passover time nears. He resumes his journey to Jerusalem stopping at the village of Bethany on the outskirts of the city to share a meal in the home of his friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.
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.