…is not about what we hold but about how we live. Father Mark’s farewell sermon.
Jesus’ encounter with the woman of Tyre recounted at Mark 7, 24-30, shows how He is able to look at the shadows inside himself and is willing to change when someone from outside his faith tells him, “Your God is bigger than that.”
“We grow closer to God when we wander out there in the desert and learn to rely on each other.”
Real food with real people was central to Jesus’ mission. Our tables should be places where we nourish our souls as well as our bodies.
The book of Exodus as spiritual metaphor: when the Israelites were out in the desert and started to crave food and water, they lost sight of why they were they and where they were going and started to feel nostalgia for “the good old days” of captivity and servitude.
The power of love can do things that we cannot imagine.
Christian spirituality, when it is practiced, is about breaking down all the boundaries we put up between one another. Jesus creates one new humanity in place of two or three or four or five or however many types of humanity you like to think there are.
The prophetic message, wherever we get it, whether it is from Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel or Jesus Christ himself, is a story in direct opposition to the domination and exploitation around them.
Almighty and most merciful Conductor,
We have erred and strayed from they beat like lost sheep;
We have followed too much the intonations and tempi of our own hearts.
We have offended against Thy dynamic markings.
We have left unsung those notes which we ought to have sung
And we have sung those notes which we ought not to have sung,
And there is no support in us.
But Thou, O Conductor, have mercy upon us, miserable singers;
Succour the chorally challenged;
Restore thou them that need sectionals.
Spare thou them that have pencils.
Pardon our mistakes, and have faith the hereafter we will follow thy directions
And sing together in perfect harmony.