The theme for today may be summed up in the phrase, "The Difference that Easter Makes." All three lessons present a contrast between a typical perspective on the world in which we live and one that is informed by the reality of Christ's resurrection. The first two lessons relate this especially to life in the civil order, revealing how a point of view that gives life the final say will affect one's participation in society. The Gospel focuses on life within the community of faith, inviting us to adopt Easter faith on the basis of a communal experience rather than a personal one.
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.