At St. Brigids, we practice a “shared homily” or sermon.
The time of reflection is invited by the bell, leading into a period of silence and stillness. A designated preacher offers their prepared reflections on the week’s appointed readings from the Bible.
After another time of silence and stillness invited by the bell, members of the community are invited to help complete the homily by adding their own reflections. These sermon archives only reflect the jumping-off point for our shared homily, and don’t reflect the depth and breadth of reflection shared by our community.
What are we waiting for in Advent? What are we looking for? How do we know when we’ve found it?
Those guns and the silence are calling us to bring the past present so that we might learn the consequence of violence, the consequence of retribution and revenge, the consequence of betrayal and fear.
Feet planted. Deep breath. God is here. There is no question. It is only a matter of allowing myself to see and to feel and to respond…
Without weeping we’ll never get to confession, and without confession we’ll never build an effective resistance.
If we are going to choose sides then we are going to choose the side of love. We are going to choose the side that sits down together to listen and to be heard, to share a meal, even and especially if we are not the same.
We can take our lead from Michael and put up a fight against evil. All of us have some form of dragon that we are fighting.
Meaning, healing and belonging: three simple words that capture what we’re longing for in these days when violence and prejudice capture the headlines.
To move forward with God, we need to move beyond the noise.
The emerging Transfiguration script challenges the status quo and it can be scary for so many of us because once the script is changed there is no going back.
The kingdom of God is plucky. It will not be rooted out. It will provide sustenance and home for those you’ve ignored, and those you’ve pushed to the side.