Some Christians in the world finished celebrating Christmas in January. For some of our brothers, January 6 is the high point of the Christmas season because that day is called Epiphany. Epiphany means "manifestation" and January 6 was the date the early church settled on as the time the wise men arrived in Bethlehem from the east. Jesus has come, and now the significance of his coming begins to be made clear. Jesus' life becomes "manifest." Twelfth Night, the evening before Epiphany, became in the early Church a time of merry-making which marked the end of the Christmas season.
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.