I’m a preacher. Go ahead and laugh. It’s kind of like saying, "I’m a traveling medicine man, or a whirling dervish or a Swedish dragon-fighter." Those are jobs nobody has anymore, but it’s not because people don’t need the newest patent medicine, or don’t want to dance like a dust-devil on the desert floor, or even because all the dragons are dead. It’s just that no one believes the stories anymore.
Month: March 2017
Mostly Nothing-A Meditation for Lent, Day 18
Thirty spokes are joined in the wheel's hub. The hole in the middle makes it useful. Mold clay into a bowl. The empty space makes it useful. Cut out doors and windows for the house. The holes make it useful. Therefore, the value comes from what is there, But the use comes from what is … Continue reading Mostly Nothing-A Meditation for Lent, Day 18
Welcoming Strangers–A Meditation for Lent, Day 17
We are called to extend kindness and hospitality to everyone we meet, and especially to those who are strangers in a strange land. That’s because each of us, at some time, will be a stranger, emerging if only from an inner journey, to find ourselves hungry, thirsty and cold in spirit.
Wealth and Poverty-A Meditation for Lent Day 16
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.—Luke 6:20 We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.― Dorothy Day Attachment is the root of all suffering.—Guatama Buddha. I am a member of the Global One Percent. I bet you are too. According … Continue reading Wealth and Poverty-A Meditation for Lent Day 16
Crying-A Meditation for Lent, Day 15
“I’m sorry,” she said. “It’s just that I keep hearing on the news where they are going to take away my insurance. I’m on the kidney transplant list and when they do that, I’m going to die. I don’t have any way to pay thousands of dollars for a new kidney. Why do they want to take away my insurance?”
Homeless-A Meditation for Lent, Day 14
Homeless people have it easy: they get free meals, free clothes, free medical care at the Free Clinic, a free ride. We have to pay, through the nose, for all those things. Sure, they live under bridges, or crowded like stacked firewood in shelters, or under dirty blankets behind the Dumpster. But life is a choice, and they choose to live like this. At least that’s the prevailing narrative.
Criminal Justice-A Meditation for Lent, Day 13
The criminal justice system practically guarantees that justice will not apply. We should call it the “criminal punishment system,” and quit pretending it’s anything other than that.
Repairing the World: A Homily for the Second Sunday in Lent
The season of Lent offers us an opportunity to begin our own journey from Ur to Canaan, or to begin it again, even if we have been on it all our lives. Lent is not about fasting from chocolate or wine or red meat for forty days. Lent helps us discovering a way of leaving everything we have, on a long journey through a desert or on dark and dangerous streets. If we are faithful to that journey, we will come to know how it is for the people who have nothing, for whom being born is just a brief and painful time before dying. On that journey we can be reborn with eyes that can really see the world and how it can be made whole.
Mercy-A Meditation for Lent, Day 11
Mercy is the highest form of human moral behavior. Mercy for those who suffer now, even if their suffering is self-inflicted. Mercy for those who have acted unmercifully towards others. Mercy for the sick, mercy for the suffering, mercy for the poor, mercy for the oppressed—these are our call, our service, the markers of our humanity.
Hope-A Meditation for Lent, Day 10
They are selling hope again, this time with bared teeth, a deep growl and the hair raised along its spine.It’s an angry hope, a hopeless hope, the hope of crushed spirits who want others to be crushed like they have been.