1st Sunday of Advent: Stay Vigilant. Stay Woke.

1st Sunday of Advent: Stay Vigilant. Stay Woke.

So, there is hope in our waiting, even during discouraging times. The hope is in God, and God is also in us – in God’s Spirit present in our prayer, in each other, and in our efforts to become woke, our striving to grow into the people God is creating us to be. It’s in our community-building and care for each other, a mirror of God’s care for us.

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We Must Continue to Sow

We Must Continue to Sow

Perhaps, if we continue to act, to sow our own seeds, in ways more likely small than big, we too can see the Kingdom of God flourish and reap a mighty crop. A crop, the fruits of which will be justice, mercy, belonging, and a world not separated by borders, but united in the shared love and value for all of humanity.

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Shine on Those Living in Darkness

Shine on Those Living in Darkness

So for those of us, blessed enough (for it is not just about strength and will) to feel and trust Paul’s reassurance, for those of us able to, “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,” we must do all we can do each day to be mortal testimony to the love and compassion of Jesus.

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Gifts and Hope

Gifts and Hope

Perhaps, as part of the gift of this loss, I am being given the great opportunity to fully embrace my faith and work towards letting go of the bitterness, fury, anger, and I was holding. I have held onto those things for a long time in my life, and certainly after the experiences at my last job, maybe I even brought them into this job. Perhaps this is an invitation to finally rid my life of those things, and finally have the time to fully consider what gifts I have, what I am being called to do to do my part in building up the body of Christ.

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Use Your Voice.

Recently Pope Francis spoke to the youth of the world. He encouraged them to shout and not remain silent in the face of injustice. 

"There are many ways to silence young people and make them invisible. Many ways to anesthetize them, to make them keep quiet, ask nothing, question nothing. There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive," the Pope continued. "Dear young people, you have it in you to shout." 

On March 24th, the youth did indeed shout. And much like the faithful shouts that brought down the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:20) the youth marching to end gun violence shook the walls of power in this country.