When Jesus calls a person to follow, it can come when the individual is least prepared. Consider Ambrose, who was destined to become one of Western Christianity's greatest churchmen. The young man began his career not in the church but rather in government. The Roman emperor appointed Ambrose provincial governor of northern Italy, and assigned him to a residence at Milan. In the year A.D. 374 he was summoned to the local cathedral where a riot was about to break out between two rival Christian factions. Each group was intent on winning its own candidate's nomination for bishop.
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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.