The word for righteousness in Hebrew is zadaka, which means, literally, doing good to others. This is an old Hasidic story: Once there was a rabbi who was known for his humility and saintliness of soul. He was, for this reason, a popular speaker, and people would come from far away to hear him speak. One holy day, a large crowd gathered in the house of prayer, waiting for the rabbi to lead them, but he did not come. Time passed, and the crowd began to stir a bit, but still the rabbi did not stir.
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.