Sometimes when we celebrate Christmas, we remember the giving, but make it a minimal
part. Jesus summarized his purpose in this way: "He anointed me to preach the gospel to
the poor; he sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and
recovering of sight to the blind to set at liberty them that are bruised" (Luke 4:18). We
know we should be doing more in terms of sharing with the poor and feeding hungry
mouths, but we do so little.
I remember a district Christmas party about twenty years ago. Usually, there is good
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.