In the South American country of Colombia, there is a Roman Catholic church where people take their cars to have them blessed. Each Sunday about 2,500 drivers show up to have the church's priest say a prayer and place holy water on their cars. One man said that he keeps bringing his car in to be blessed and that he has not had any car trouble in more than five years. There is an Eastern Orthodox monastery in the former Soviet Union. A large company is paying the monks of that monastery to pray for it. The monks are being paid to ask God to help that company make a profit.
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.