for use with Common, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic Lectionaries
Comments on the Lessons
In the Isaiah reading the prophet tells of Zion's approaching vindication when God will be as a husband to his people. There is virtual consensus on the Corinthian reading. The (C) (L) readings begin at verse 1 in order to place the charismata in the context of confessing Christ as revelations of the Lord. There is virtual consensus on the Johannine reading. By ending it at verse 11 in (C) (L) there is an emphasis on the epiphanic character of this Sunday.
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.