So how many New Year's Resolutions did you make? And how many have you broken in the new year's first eight days? The Old Testament text appointed for today is one of the Servant Songs, taken by Christians later to describe the Messiah, the Holy One Jesus, which is why the text is chosen for the first Sunday after the Epiphany. But if the text is allowed to stand on its own, a prophetic description of the life God intends for each of Her children to live, it can be a pathway for us as we move into 1995 and through the epiphany season.
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.