Simone Weil, 1909-1943, a French social philosopher, religious thinker, mystic, and political activist, was the darling of intellectuals after her death. She identified with human suffering of every kind. She worked with women in an auto factory to be in solidarity with them, participated in French worker strikes, and even joined the Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War, though she refused to fire her rifle. Her refusal to eat more than the ration of food allowed in German-occupied France contributed to her death.
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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.