The unity of the disciples will be shown by their keeping God's commandments, especially the new commandment, the test of love. Obedience and love are the conditions that rule the new life of the church. After nearly 20 centuries, we have perhaps had too many opportunities to discover how difficult that is. But the truth exists nonetheless. A gathering of clergy from different traditions began discussing a topic of some significant sensitivity in the churches, about which there is widely divergent opinion even within traditions, let alone between traditions.
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.