The travelers on the road to Emmaus didn't get what they expected. Neither did the emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, at a state dinner party. Everybody knew he would typically ask guests the same questions, in the same order. One aging woman, hard of hearing, feared she wouldn't hear his questions properly, so she memorized the answers in advance. Unfortunately for her, Napoleon changed the order of his questions. She thought he was asking, "How old are you?" when, in fact, he queried, "How many children do you have?" She replied confidently, but to his astonishment, "Fifty-two, sire."
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.