Some treat this text as if it denounced wealth and wealthy people. Not so! John Wesley used to preach a sermon about wealth with three points: make all you can, save all you can, and give all you can. This Sunday's Gospel reading speaks to the third of Wesley's admonitions. Once a year the famous preacher Charles Spurgeon would deliver an impassioned appeal for donations to his orphanage. It is said that after one such event a penurious individual accosted him and said, "Why, Mr. Spurgeon, I thought you preached for souls and not for money!" Spurgeon replied gravely, "Why, Mr.
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.