Why did Jesus bother to "heal many" when even many more were never healed by him? Why just scratch the surface?Why do I sweep my shop when, in fact, there are corners and boxes of unsorted items? Why do I tell my wife I love her when the words scarcely fathom the depth of my feelings? Why do I preach when Paul himself would call it foolishness?Why do I praise my sons if they never will fully understand my pride? Why do I clean the house when it will need it again so soon? Why do I live if all flesh is like grass? Why do I love if only for four-score and twenty years?
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.