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.
Repentance is about turning to God with our worthy, beloved, and whole selves in defiance of the unjust structures and institutions of oppression that make up the corrupt and broken systems we often find ourselves in.
Are we able to be in community with the one who came to be in community with us as the Word made flesh? Are we able to allow ourselves to belong to him … to be with him as he is with the Father?
We have been watching for the light and now we give room for it to burn bright in a world that so badly needs it.
That’s the story of the bible, from start to finish. Patient, unglamorous, acts of fidelity and love.
Today, as we await the coming of the Christ child this Advent season, I believe that vulnerable Christ child also awaits us. In his crying, I hear an invitation, and it sounds like the words: “come home”.
God is screaming through every cell in my body, because She knows what it is to be only a cell, and to multiply into something more.
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.