A vandal manned with spray paint the statue of John F. Kennedy which stands in Boston. The white paint on the black statue had the effect of a mask such as that worn by the lead actor in Andrew Lloyd Webben's popular new show, Phantom of the Opera. To some degree we all wear masks, wearing what we hope the public will see, and hiding what we prefer they not see. Even the most popular leaders are subject to self-delusion. Some may even believe the mantle of leadership confers license to transcend both the laws of humanity and the laws of God.
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.