The woman who begged Jesus to heal her daughter was no fool. She knew that once the God of Israel was her friend, her safety and that of her daughter would be guaranteed. An Asian prince who had once sided with the Persian Empire switched allegiance and chose, instead, to ally himself with the Athenians, archenemies of the Persians. Seeking safety, the prince fled to Athens, where he asked Cimon, an Athenian statesman, to protect him. In order to secure the rescue he needed, the supplicant offered Cimon two containers, one filled with silver coins, one filled with gold pieces.
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.