In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells the disciples that “those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” At first, of course, that aphorism strikes us as counterintuitive -- but as team member Dean Feldmeyer points out in this installment of The Immediate Word, it really is just common sense. Like household staples such as bread and wine, Jesus is telling us that life cannot be hoarded -- it has a limited “shelf life,” and as such needs to be used, needs to be broken, poured out, and shared with others.
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.