In recent years I have reflected on that wonderful phrase of Pope Francis – “the saints next door.”
That day, as Jesus sat in the temple precincts, what impressed him? What caught his eye?
A big storm approaches. The weatherman urges everyone to get to higher ground. In his rectory, a priest says, “I won’t worry, God will save me.”
There are things we see but don’t pay attention to.
Whatever the anniversary, it gives us a chance to look back over the years since the event we’re marking, and reflect on how it has shaped us.
When will we really buy into the systemic change of thinking Jesus came to show us?
Looking at Jesus through the eyes of a Jewish person or a Gentile.
Over the next several weeks the liturgy, drawing from the Acts of the Apostles, presents selected stories of ordinary people who coped with severe polarization some 2,000 years ago.
On Palm Sunday will I be waving the palm branches of my blind spots or holding high the cross of God’s universal love?
For a variety of reasons, we sometimes can not see what is right before our eyes.
It is a shame that most people only hear polarized pundits cherry-picking from a select few paragraphs, or even just footnotes, in what in reality is an inspiring document describing and addressed to the real family of today.
“All God’s people carry within themselves the same potencies that energized the early Christian movement…”