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May 15, 2022 Fifth Sunday of Easter We must ask in earnest, do people today know the Roman Catholic Church by our love? Among other tragedies, the Roman Catholic Church played a role in what are known as the Indian boarding schools. I urge the bishops to work with Deb Haaland and the Department of the Interior on the year-long tour to listen to survivors of these schools. Those of us who remain in the Church are given the difficult and amazing gift of making amends to those who have been hurt by the institutional Church.
May 8, 2022 Fourth Sunday of Easter The relationship between the shepherd and their sheep is intimate, maternal really. The shepherd is devoted to the wellbeing of the flock. The sheep come to recognize and deeply trust the shepherd. It is not simply that the sheep recognize the shepherd's voice, but they associate the care they receive with that particular voice. Jesus invites us to build this kind of intimacy with God. To do so, we must not only do things for God, but most importantly, we must be with God. Do we make spending time with God a priority?
April 17, 2022 Easter Sunday APOLOGIES FOR THE SOUND. The resurrection pulsates throughout creation, dislocating our attachments so that we can grow in love and understanding. How do we deal with the uncomfortable experience of being dislocated by God's power? For example, the resurrection power moves through the non-binary community to liberate all of us from the constrains of gender categories that prevent God's Spirit from fully expressing God's self through us. We all deal with this dislocation differently, but God meets each of us where we are.
March 20, 2022 Third Sunday of Lent Moses has to learn to see himself "as someone that God is with." And he does: he grows from someone who shields his face from God when they meet, to a man confident that God will show up for God's people. When we have the insight that we are "someone that God is with," we inevitably become "someone who is with God." The "divine concern" takes over our hearts and drives our lives more and more, as we freely give ourselves over to God's vision for the world.
March 6, 2022 First Sunday of Lent The gift of the desert is rootedness in God. In the wilderness Jesus learns to identify the temptations that will interfere in his prophetic ministry to the religious and imperial establishments. Let us welcome our time in the desert so that we, too, can identify our own temptations so that we might more fully participate in the life of God.
February 20, 2022 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time When you are presented with the opportunity to hurt someone who hurt you, will you take it? God invites us to consider the cost of retaliation on our own souls. Properly ordering our desires helps us live a life in communion with God's love.