"vigil lights" by Julia Walsh FSPA
“vigil lights” by Julia Walsh FSPA

Brothers and sisters:
We speak a wisdom to those who are mature,
not a wisdom of this age,
nor of the rulers of this age who are passing away.
Rather, we speak God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden,
which God predetermined before the ages for our glory,
and which none of the rulers of this age knew;
for, if they had known it,
they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written:
What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,
and what has not entered the human heart,
what God has prepared for those who love him, 

this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.            -1 Corinthians 2: 6-10 

When we speak about our love for God and the messiness of building God’s reign, we won’t make sense to everyone. This Gospel life is a life of faith, trust, and at times, foolish love. Our faith communities can develop their own sense of culture and community. When newcomers show up, they may not really get us or what we’re talking about.

Sometimes this can become hilarious:

And, other times our language and methods can be disturbingly ineffective.

Let’s remain conscious of our culture, our language and our sense of community while we live our Gospel lives. Are we extending hospitality and explaining our rituals and traditions? Do we meet people where they are, or do we only accept them if they conform to our norms?

Let us be faithful, let us be loving, let us be authentic and speak the Truth, even if no one totally gets it. After all, we’re instruments in Christ’s body and no one’s salvation is really up to us. I do believe, though, that if we’re mindful and loving, then we shall indeed expand the Kingdom of God! Amen!

  1. Hi-larious! I think Catholic churches can be particularly disorienting. How can everybody just knows what to say? What comes next? We sit down and then What? Kneel? ….. Also I had a young adult told me that he went to church every Sunday for two years before anyone ever said hi to him. not an uncommon experience I think.