With all your Heart

Reflection for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Director of Creation Care Advocacy, Sr. Louise Lears, SC

This reflection was originally posted in our October 25th newsletter

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In our Gospel passage for this Sunday, we read that a scribe steps out of the crowd and poses this question to Jesus: “Which is the first of all the commandments?” At times, the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus a question in order to trap him. But let’s imagine that this scribe, a student of the law, is asking an honest question. After all, there are 613 laws recorded in the Torah. It would certainly be easier if one commandment explained or superseded all the others.

Jesus responds to the scribe by quoting two different passages from Scripture, passages that would have been familiar to many in the crowd. The first, from Deuteronomy 6:4, is recited by the Jewish faithful every morning and evening: “Hear O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

The scribe may well have been satisfied with this response. He might have even stepped back into the crowd, thinking Jesus had finished. But Jesus surprises everyone by adding a second commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Jesus did not invent this second commandment; he took it from Leviticus 19:18. Placing these two commandments together is one of the major innovations of Jesus’ teachings. Love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable, two sides of the same coin.

Jesus’s message is clear: love, not obligation, must always be the motivation behind following God’s commandments. This love, which requires all our heart and soul and mind and strength, must tend together and inseparably toward God and neighbor. Love urges us to look upon others not only with our own eyes but also with the gaze of God, which is the gaze of Jesus. As long as there is a sister or brother to whom we close our hearts, we still have work to do.

Sr. Louise Lears, SC
FAN Director of Creation Care Advocacy

Published in: on October 26, 2021 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Through God we are all one

By Patrick Carolan

Patrick Carolan is a Catholic Activist and served as Franciscan Action Network’s Executive Director from 2010-2019. His views do not necessarily reflect the views of the Franciscan Action Network

Patrick Carolan

Christians recently celebrated the feast of St Francis of Assisi. We can learn many things from the life and stories of St Francis. Stories that tell us about his encounter with the Sultan Al-Kamal or his embrace of the leper. Perhaps the most important lesson we can learn is from his vision of a world where we are all connected, through God we are all one. Francis viewed all creation as his brothers and sisters. He didn’t see the leper or a Muslim as the ‘other.’ As is the case with most of our holy women and men, we have a tendency to objectively sanitize and place them on a pedestal, while forgetting and/or ignoring the message they teach us. One key concept in every major religion whether it be Islam, Christianity, Sikh, Hindu or Judaism, is the belief in welcoming the stranger. Francis would never have considered anyone a stranger. He would have thought of them as a child of God, his sister whom he has just met. He would welcome them, feed them, and care for them.

We have recently experienced a migration of thousands upon thousands of people from Afghanistan. For a long time, Afghanistan has been a pawn in the global power struggle between super powers. It is a beautiful country that was the birthplace of the great Sufi mystic and poet Rumi. Rumi lived shortly after Francis and it is thought that they were both influenced by the Sufi mystic Shams Tabriz. Rumi, like Francis, believed that all creation was connected through God. They believed in welcoming and helping all God’s creatures in whatever difficulty they found themselves. Ironically Franciscans were sometimes referred to as Christian Sufis by Muslims.

In America we have seen the influx of around 95,000 of our brothers and sisters. They are scattered throughout the country at various refugee camps. In the past some Americans have been generous in traveling to other countries to help at refugee camps. This is the first time in a long time that we have set up refugee camps in our own country. For the past few weeks I have been volunteering at one such camp. The camp has over 5000 of my brothers and sisters. Many came with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Many are separated from family members. They speak Pashto or Dari with a few speaking some English. Each morning as I arrive at the camp I am greeted with the traditional greeting of ‘a-Salaam’ with a bow of the head and a touch to the heart. Though many of the boys that I am working with follow that up with a high five and ‘What’s up.’ A young boy told me his story about how he was in school on the day that Kabul fell. He managed to connect with his uncle and cousins and get to the airport. He came here with only the clothes on his back. His shoes are a pair of sandals that are falling apart and held together by tape. His family is still in Afghanistan. Despite all that he has been through he is filled with laughter and joy. He speaks a little English so he helps teach the other children who do not speak any English. I heard the story of a young man who is married with one daughter. He has a master’s degree. Despite the fact that he has lost everything, he has a contagious smile. I am trying to teach him English while he teaches me Pashto.

I could be overwhelmed by their stories and feel like what can I as one person do. But each evening I remember the story of the young girl walking along the beach. It was right after a major storm so thousands upon thousands of starfish had washed up and were stranded on the sand. The young girl was walking along picking them up one at a time and throwing them back into the water. A man came by and said, “What you are doing is foolish, you cannot possibly save all the starfish.” The young girl picked up a starfish, threw it into the water and replied, “Maybe not but at least I saved that one.”

We are living in a perilous time. God’s beautiful creation is being destroyed by our arrogance. The covid virus is ravishing communities. Our geo-political policies have caused famine, disease and hunger. In every nation the wealthy continue to hoard their wealth while the poor go hungry. We stopped believing in that core principle of welcoming the stranger and started building walls to separate us. The 20th century Catholic priest and one of the founders of the eco-spirituality movement, Thomas Barry once said: “We will go into the future as a single sacred community or we will all perish in the desert.” To go forward as a single sacred community, all we need to do is go back to those two 13th century mystics and poets Francis of Assisi and Rumi.

Peace and All Good.

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The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes Away – Bless the Lord!

Reflection for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time by Third Order Franciscan & Writer, Gordon Kubanek, P.Eng.

This reflection was originally posted in our October 18th newsletter

Everything in life is transient – even Covid19. In this week’s readings what “popped out” at me was a recurring theme that life is never the same. It has loss, then gain. Life has pain, then joy. Life has injustice, then justice. It seems that we are on a roller coaster ride that brings us up but also smashes us down. I don’t think this is what most of us really want out of life. We want calm, unchanging peace and prosperity and good health. Yet, we have these stories to help us know our God. Does God really want us to experience the lows as well as the highs of life? Well, given these few examples from the readings it seems so!

  • Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all.
  • May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
  • The blind man said to Jesus, “Teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said, “Go; your faith has made you well.

The plain fact is a life filled with both joy and sorrow, illness and good health, as being God’s will is not a popular message among the Christians I know. They seem to only focus on the “good God” who heals, who unites people, who settles quarrels, a God who knows all and can accomplish all so that peace and love and joy flood through all the Earth. That is heaven. That is what our earth would be like if we only stopped sinning and stopped disobeying his commandments. In other words, they want certainty. Well, that has certainly not been my life experience and my readings of History show me that human lives and human cultures are truly on a mad roller coaster as described in our readings. Perhaps, rather than stopping the roller coaster, God’s message to us today is this:

“Put on your seatbelt! Know that I am your seatbelt. Life is a wild ride and through experiencing this ride you will come to know both the truth of who you are and who I am.”

Is that so bad? Perhaps we want simplicity and boredom and certainty. But perhaps God knows better than we do what is good for us. To grow in Christ we need to walk his path. First ignored. Then adored by the crowds. Then mocked. A criminal. The healer who dies. But don’t ever forget, in spite of death, or maybe, because of death, he rose again. We can only be reborn if we die. We can only know goodness if we have seen evil. We can only be empathic if we too have experienced pain. Life, the life God intended, IS a wild ride. So hang on, and put on your seatbelt – put on Jesus Christ!

Gordon Kubanek, P.Eng.
Third Order Franciscan & Writer

Published in: on October 19, 2021 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

No one should ever go hungry – yet millions do

by Tony Magliano

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated Catholic social justice and peace columnist whose writings are published in print and/or posted online in various U.S. diocesan papers. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the Franciscan Action Network.

There is one war we need to fight. For without our intervention countless people will suffer, and thousands of children will continue dying daily. The name of the enemy – who deserves nothing less than total annihilation – is world hunger!

Every year around this time – Oct. 16 – World Food Day reminds us to pay attention to the multitude of people who suffer from not having enough nutritious food to maintain health and happiness.

World hunger is on the rise; the statistics are overwhelming.

Between 2019 and 2020, the number of hungry people increased by at least 70 million, an increase significantly due to COVID-19 – revealing tremendous immoral inequalities between richer and poorer nations.

According to the U.N. report “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021,” between 720 and 811 million people are hungry – that’s greater than the combined populations of the United States, Canada and the European Union.

Every single day over 8,000 of the world’s children die because they are too poor to live. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases claim their short lives (see: https://bit.ly/2YJ7QXe).

And in the U.S. more than 38 million people experience hunger, with 12 million food insecure children (see: https://bit.ly/2YH6ifR).

In 1979 St. Pope John Paul II attempted to awaken American consciences with these words from his New York City homily: “The poor of the United States and of the world are your brothers and sisters in Christ. Never be content to leave them just the crumbs of the feast. Take of your substance, and not just of your abundance, in order to help them. Treat them like guests at your family table!”

But how well are we individually, and how well are our governments, measuring up to this challenge?

Shamefully, my native country the U.S. – the world’s wealthiest nation – provides less than 1 percent of its national budget to help the world’s poor and hungry (see: https://bit.ly/2XaCurH).

A few years back, in an interview I conducted with world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, he said that for an additional $125 billion a year, we could completely eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth – that’s less than 10 percent of annual global military spending – and less than 20 percent of U.S. annual military spending.

Transferring an annual $125 billion from military spending to end global hunger and extreme poverty would also far more effectively contribute to building a peaceful world. This would literally begin to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy of beating our swords into plowshares.

The rich have a moral duty to totally end hunger and poverty. St. Ambrose warned, “You are not making a gift of your possessions to the poor person. You are handing over to him what is his. … The world is given to all, and not only to the rich.”

In our increasingly inequitable world, where a growing chasm between the haves and the have-nots continues to cause much untold suffering, it is our moral duty to prophetically tell our national political and corporate leaders that “The world is given to all, and not only to the rich.”

For U.S. readers, please email and phone (Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121) your two U.S. senators and congressperson urging them to robustly increase poverty-focused domestic and international assistance. And also urge them to free-up frozen Afghan banking assets for the sole purpose of meeting the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan (see: https://to.pbs.org/3oZy8iF).

And please consider making as generous a gift as possible to Catholic Relief Services (see: https://support.crs.org/donate/support-afghanistan).

St. Pope John Paul II emphatically proclaimed that “war is always a defeat for humanity.” But he would surely agree that winning the war against hunger and poverty would be a victory for humanity!

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated Catholic social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings. Tony can be reached at tmag6@comcast.net.

Published in: on October 16, 2021 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

It’s Okay to Be Human

Reflection for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Associate Director Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our October 11th newsletter

We are all called to holiness, right? For those of us who have been on this journey for a long time, it is tempting to become discouraged. We keep bumping into our weaknesses and failures. We keep confessing the same sins. We may take one step forward and two backward on this road to holiness.

For me, at least, this week’s Readings offer encouragement. In the Gospel, James and John, members of the Chosen Twelve and close friends of Jesus, exhibit ambition, arrogance, and lack of self-knowledge. They ask Jesus for seats in a high place of honor. They say, “Sure, we can drink the cup offered to us.” And, to be expected, the Ten are indignant. Instead of exclaiming “What’s the matter with you guys?!”, Jesus takes advantage of a teachable moment: the one who wants to be great, to be first, must be a servant. Why? Because he, “the Son of Man, did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Paul, in his letter to the Hebrews, emphasizes that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,” but one who was human, like us, “yet without sin.”

I doubt if James, John, and the other apostles welcomed Jesus’ message that they were to be servants, but eleven of them stayed the course of “continuous conversion,” and became great servants as they witnessed to the good news of Jesus and drank the cup of suffering. The apostles were human. Jesus was human. I am human. “Human” and “humility” come from the same root word, “humus.” We need to embrace our humanness, our “earthiness” with humility and gratitude. The way to holiness is service, focusing on the needs of others, not on our own limitations and failures. It’s okay to be human.

Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF
FAN Associate Director

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Contemplating God

Reflection for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Communications Coordinator, Janine Walsh

This reflection was originally posted in our October 4th newsletter

In the Gospel this week, we are told of a man with many possessions yearning for eternal life. When given the “secret” to achieving it, the man is not willing to give up the comforts of his extravagant lifestyle in favor of simplicity and mindfulness. How about us? With every physical thing that we have, every possession we own keeping our mind’s attention these days, when and how do we contemplate our God?

I was recently reading a fiction book the theme of which had to do with Ancient Wisdom lost to the ages. At the end the author tied together science, faith, and human consciousness in a very compelling way and introduced me to a subject I’d never before heard of: Noetic Science.

Noetic Science studies intellectual and spiritual capabilities such as healing, using scientific methods to prove the influence of the human mind on the physical world. The book used as an example that of the terrorist attacks on 09/11, saying the coalescing of millions of minds as the world grieved on this single tragedy had a measurable effect on objects in the physical world, specifically machines called “random number/event generators”. Some elementary research on my part resulted in the confirmation of this anecdote. This got me thinking about universal consciousness, interconnected minds working in unison to magnify a thought’s effect. Would that be considered Ancient Wisdom? Stay with me now.

In every culture, in every country, in every time, different people of all faiths share one thing, a great treasure: the Creator. We all use different names, faces, and prayers when referring to our God, but the universality of a higher power exists. What would happen if all of humankind chose at once to avoid the distractions competing for our attention and instead focused our minds on God? Think of it like Global Meditation. Could we do it? Would we do it?

Turning back to the Gospel story, how often do we empathize with the man who didn’t want to give away all his possessions? Do we have the strength to give up our computers, laptops, and game systems, our TVs and cell phones? Could we discard all noise and distractions we own to give our conscious minds the space to fully contemplate God and meditate on all God wants for us? Maybe we would ask why, what good could come of it?

Jesus offers these words to soothe our worldly concerns: “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up [all of his/her possessions] for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age…and eternal life in the age to come.”

Janine Walsh
FAN Communications Coordinator

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Family Life and Public Policy

Reflection for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Executive Director, Stephen Schneck

This reflection was originally posted in our September 27th newsletter

The Mass readings for next Sunday, the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, are among Scripture’s most beautiful pertaining to love, marriage, and family.

The reading from Genesis recounts the union of Eve and Adam, relating how “a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two become one flesh.” The responsorial psalm, from Psalm 128, has for generations been a traditional blessing for Jewish and Christian weddings. May your children be “like olive plants around your table.” “May you see your children’s children.”

The Gospel from Mark rephrases the Genesis story of marriage, adding that “what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” Even more sweetly, the Gospel continues…

Let the children come to me;
Do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.

Mark 10:14

In about two weeks, I will be retiring as Executive Director of Franciscan Action Network. And, given my impending retirement, you can imagine my age and surmise my place on life’s trajectory through births and deaths, weddings and funerals. With my wife, I’m looking forward to more time with our children, our “olive plants” around the table, and enjoying life with our “childrens’ children.”

I’m remembering as I write this Paul Stookey’s Wedding Song (There is Love). In the early ‘70s, when I was in my 20s, a wave of my friends rushed to the altar, grooms in bell-bottoms and brides with flowers in their hair, and every reception DJ played the song. So much so, the tune became almost humorous. Ten years ago I would have complained it was a ridiculously corny song. Today, seeing many of those same old friends’ Facebook photos with their grandchildren on their knees or their celebrations of 40th and 50th anniversaries, it all seems a little poignant again.

Of course, my friends’ families are complicated, as are most contemporary families. Scattered across the world, reshaped by deaths, divorces, and remarriages, failures to launch, single-parent households, same-sex relationships, children with grandparents, and much more, my friends’ family experiences remind us that throughout history the reality of family life was never as tidy as June, Ward, Wally, and the Beaver might once have led us to believe.

Yet, loving families are tremendously important for a happy, healthy, and successful life – and that is doubly true for those in poverty and for oppressed or marginalized populations. Loving families are utterly essential for a flourishing society and culture; they are the hearth of civilization. That’s the message of Christ, the psalmist, and Genesis in Sunday’s readings, a message shared by every religion.

Good laws and public policies must recognize this message, too. Family life is impacted by almost everything that the government does. Health care, economics, the tax system, women’s rights, housing, education, welfare, immigration, employment, racial justice, and on and on. Think about how the GI Bill changed the shape of American families, or how the development of the interstate highway system enabled suburban family life (for better or worse), or how Social Security and Medicare changed the relationship of seniors with their children and grandchildren. Think, too, about how recent immigration policies devastated many families by separating children from parents.

It’s so important, then, to make ourselves more aware how existing and proposed laws and policies might affect family life. In particular, echoing the words of Mark’s Gospel, the lives of children should always be foremost in weighing what legislation might mean for families. Even more, given the profound challenges families face amidst the many crises of our day, the onus is on us all to advocate for new and better programs to support and promote opportunities for loving families, like: child care, Medicaid and Affordable Care Act or ‘Obamacare’ expansion, family leave, affordable housing, early childhood education, ending the gender gap in wages, and much more. The infrastructure bill working its way through Congress now, for example, has several promising “family friendly” provisions and programs.

As I look to retire to be more with my family, I must also say in closing that in many ways Franciscan Action Network has become like a family to me, too. In the days ahead, I will miss hearing the passion for justice in Sr. Marie’s voice, the Franciscan heart of Sr. Maria, Janine’s effervescent can-do optimism, Jason’s savvy righteousness, Sr. Louise’s gallant witness for the oppressed, Phyllis’s unflappable competence, Nora’s incredible ethic for doing it right, and Fr. Mike’s reassuring confidence that all will be well in God’s good time.

Of course, I will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the barricades with them all in spirit. My friends and colleagues can always count on me to support their mission for Franciscan-hearted social justice. But, it’s bittersweet that my support now will be from afar.

Please join me in asking our God, through the intercession of Sts. Francis and Clare, to bless my FAN friends and colleagues in their lives and in their work, to sustain them in the mission to which they have been called, and to grant each — peace and all good. Farewell.

Stephen Schneck
FAN Executive Director

Published in: on September 28, 2021 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Our Calling to be Prophets of Hope

Reflection for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time is by FAN Supporter and Member Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

This reflection was originally posted in our September 20th newsletter

The first reading this Sunday ends with the phrase, “Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets! Would that the Lord might bestow his spirit on them all!” (Nm 11:29) As I reflected on it, this story came to me.

It was very early one morning, shortly after she was allowed out of quarantine. She was sitting on an outside porch praying. She kept staring at the sky. The sun had not made its appearance yet. She was just grateful to be sitting there.

During the past several months of lockdown, over ten sisters she lived with, prayed with, dined with, laughed and cried with, had died from the virus. She was just so grateful to be alive after being sick herself with COVID. She kept watching the sky and staring at the clouds as the sun began to rise. She started to pray out loud. “O glorious God….”, more words came without any effort.  

As she repeated the words, she felt a melody escape her lips and began to sing what she was praying. Within minutes, a song was born. To this day, each time she plays and sings the song, she sees herself sitting on the porch that first morning out of lockdown, watching the sunrise and praying, “O glorious God…we thank you for the gift of your everlasting love.” (© Sister Mary Ann Smith, CSSF)

In his final general audience for 2020, Pope Francis dared us to make “every event and need an offering of thanksgiving,” calling gratitude the hallmark of an authentic Christian life. We are all called to “transmit our bit of hope.”  

We can quickly feel overwhelmed or hopeless as we consider our appallingly contentious society, the devastating effects of climate change and the pandemic, the impact of gun violence, racism, human trafficking, and hatred on our children and ourselves. But as we look with eyes of faith, we are reminded that Our God has bestowed His Spirit uniquely on each of us, and we are all called to be prophets of hope.  

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Supporter and Member

Published in: on September 21, 2021 at 10:30 am  Comments (1)  

Caught Arguing

Reflection for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Director of Advocacy Sr. Maria Orlandini, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our September 13th newsletter

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“What were you arguing about on the way?” All of us at one moment or another have been caught by an unexpected question to which we do not want to give an answer. The reasons can be many, but very often we are shy or embarrassed by the answer to that question so we choose silence. The same instance happened to the apostles in this week’s Gospel.

After a very somber teaching of Jesus about his future and the suffering he will have to undergo, which they do not understand and do not even want to spend time grappling with, instead, the twelve are caught arguing about who was the greatest. They, like us, know when what they are talking about is not right, out of line, or inappropriate, so they keep silent. A silence that as an old saying goes, speaks volumes.

At times I find myself wondering, what is it with us humans that we have the unquenchable urge to be greater than somebody else, to be first, to be more than someone else? We are taught, with greater insistence in today’s world, that to be someone, to have ‘arrived’, one needs to be first, to be in a position of power or be in connection with someone powerful. And yet it is this attitude that very often destroys communities and relationships. It is easy enough to see when we look at our political world today.

Service, work for the common good, seems to have gone out the window, so to speak. This scripture is a strong reminder of the values we need to cultivate in our lives, what we are called to aim for in our daily choices. “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” With these words Jesus is turning our world upside down. Using the example of children, who did not have great importance in the Jewish world at the time, Jesus leaves no doubt about which kind of society he envisions. Is being a servant what we think of when we choose a career, a new job? Is it what we teach our young people? Is being a servant even in our minds when we choose to run for office in our towns? And yet we call it “public service.”

Being a servant is still a noble call that will shape our lives if taken to heart. Many in our midst are great examples of it. As we make our choices in life, let us read and heed the words of James in this week’s passage: “Beloved: Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice.” Let us be conscious of what surrounds us and mindful of the great Franciscan call to Continuous Conversion, to live the call of Jesus, to be servants of all. If we do that, the world would be so much better.

Sr. Maria Orlandini, OSF
FAN Director of Advocacy

Published in: on September 14, 2021 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

“Who do you say I am?”

Reflection for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Member, Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.

This reflection was originally posted in our September 6th newsletter

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For those of us who gather together weekly around the Table of the Lord, would find this question a little strange and perhaps unexpected. After all, we are here in His house and are expecting to be fed with God’s Word and to leave with God’s Blessing for the week ahead of us.

In this week’s Gospel, the Disciples and followers answered this question with others’ opinions which they heard from their ministry and from those following Jesus at that time. But the Disciples were careful to avoid saying what they believed.

Only Simon responded from his personal conviction. It was one of those “Aha” moments when something comes from outside of ourselves and comes from God. In fact, because of that response, Jesus renames Simon as the ‘Rock’ or ‘Peter’. That was in fact the founding of our Church; upon Peter, a Rock of the building, not perfect, but one that is strong and steady.

Today we celebrate that paradox of the Church’s transcendence and yet it’s nearness to us. It calls us to remember that we are the Body of Christ. We are Christ’s hands and hearts in the midst of our society. A group of believers who, from their personal convictions, reach out to all. To invite others to serve the poor, the outcast and to take action to promote the common good of all.

We are not perfect, because we are sinners seeking forgiveness. We do so around this table and go forth each week to ask ourselves and those whom we love and those whom we meet “Who do you say that Christ is?”

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.
FAN Board Member

Published in: on September 7, 2021 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment