Have you ever heard a joke and didn't "get it"? Having to have someone explain the punch line of a joke can be embarrassing. Often episodes of the situation comedies currently on television entail misunderstanding. The common pattern is that we viewers know something that characters in the story do not know, so we can laugh at their misunderstandings. Or, one scene in Fiddler on the Roof, pictures the butcher coming to Tevye to ask for the hand of his daughter in marriage. Tevye, however, thinks that he has come to buy Tevye's cow.
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.