Matthew’s brief account of Jesus’ baptism seems curious in a way -- John the Baptist seems quite ambivalent about the whole process when Jesus approaches, saying that he doesn’t want to do it because if anything Jesus should be baptizing him. But Jesus responds by saying that we need to do this anyway, in order to “fulfill all righteousness.” In this installment of The Immediate Word, team member Dean Feldmeyer says that’s just another way of saying that we have to do it because it’s the right thing to do.
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.