OCP Cycle A 012008 SJ/2
My dear friends in the Spirit,
In today's readings we are reminded our our need to be church to one another. In the first reading from Isaiah, we hear the prophet recognize the need for Social Justice, with particular focus on anti-semitism. Then we were treated to a beautiful rendition of the responsorial psalms, which was wonderfully representative of the fine liturgical music contained in the Oregon Catholic Press Breaking Bread Missal.
In the second reading, we hear Paul explain that we are all brothers and sisters. Further, Paul points out that all you have to do is call on Jesus' name to be saved.
Finally, in the Gospel, we see how Jesus was baptized by John, which is an allegory for the need for the laity to become more involved in the administration of the parish or faith community and the need to avoid clericalism.
Now, all of this was brought home to me in the last week [Hey everybody! This is the part where I get to say my own thoughts. Boy what a week - but first off, I have to apologize to anyone who was assaulted by the Gyno-Lesbians. It sure was a good thing that the Hugo Chavez Fan Club was here to take control of the situation. And I have to apologize to the Gyno-Lesbians for any ill-treatment they might have received as they were asked to not be church with us. The Hugo Chavez fan club is on fire with the Spirit, and sometimes they go a little too far in helping people to be more peaceable. Also, I've got some good news! Dr. Argot has made a generous anonymous donation to SOV2, with only the condition that we fire Clyde Hummins. So, Clyde, sorry to break it to you, but you can't be church with us anymore. Fidel? Raul - please escort Clyde from the liturgical interior. Thanks a bunch. Oh... sorry - Kip is winking at me and that means it's time to wrap the part where I get to talk about what I want]. It was clear to me that all you have to do is call on Jesus' name to be saved.
But, the spirit speaks to us in many ways. I was reminded of [that time that I fell out of a tree]
So, my sisters and brothers and nonspecific gender metaphorical siblings, let us open our minds, and ears to the spirit, and find ways to put into practice the constant admonition to be good stewards of the earth, to be church to one another, to enact reform of our institutions, and to seek above all to bring the spirit into the dark places of our own hearts.