This week’s reading from 1 Corinthians is one of my favorites. A number of spiritual gifts are listed, in such a way that the reader could imagine countless more – this does not seem to be an all-inclusive list. What other gifts of the Spirit are manifest in your life, or in your community? Most notably, Paul writes that the manifestation of the Spirit is for the sake of the common good. How are you (or your community) using your gifts for the sake of others? During worship, can you celebrate the various gifts of the Spirit as your congregation embodies them?

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The Gospel lesson for this week gives us Jesus’ first miracle, changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana, at the insistence of his mother. We hear Jesus talking back to Mary here, like he did when she found him in the Temple as a boy. What’s up with that? If Jesus really believed that his time had not yet come, why did he go ahead and do the miracle anyway? Perhaps more puzzling, if it wasn’t yet his time, why had Jesus already recruited disciples and brought them with him to the wedding? He had already been baptized, which marks the start of his ministry in all the Gospels. So why did he claim that he wasn’t yet ready when Mary asked him?

All of the RCL texts can be found here. Additional resources are available many places, including The Text This Week. If you’re in the USA, are you doing anything to honor Martin Luther King Jr day? What else is going on in your community? Please share your ideas and questions below. Happy writing!


Katya Ouchakof is an ELCA pastor in Madison, WI. She is happy to be home from the Big Event, but wouldn’t pass up another opportunity to learn from Dr. Wil Gafney.

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