The story of Jesus is truly a sad story. It is the story of a promise made and then unkept. It is the story of a willing spirit and a weak flesh. It is reminiscent of the guilt of every boy and girl who promised never to take a cookie from the cookie jar only to have chocolate chips on his face. Judas does not have chocolate chips on his face and his sin is quite different from that of the child in the cookie jar, but in the few words that Jesus speaks, "the one who dips his bread with me ...", we see the concern of every child that has ever been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
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.