Sometimes faith is only welcome in certain circles, and even if it is welcome, it may only be allowed to a certain degree. Consider the American political scene, for example. We want a leader who knows the right faith words and rhetoric, yet do we want a leader who is passionate about his or her faith? Faith can come this far and no farther. As we remember the Baptism of Our Lord, we must ask ourselves: What does the act of baptism say to this notion of a limited faith? Scott Suskovic will provide the main article, with Stephen McCutchan writing a response.
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.