Thursday, April 18, 2013

Into the City

Lectio Divina

Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.

Acts 9:6


Continuing Dietrich, Broken and Shared. Finished the latest issue of National Catholic Reporter.


While finishing my Scripture exegesis assignment and following up on suggestions from my formators for post-novitiate studies and ministry, viewing the interfaith prayer service for the victims and survivors of the bombings in Boston. The clergy and the political leaders have noted the self-giving of Bostonians, their willingness to fill the void of violence with love, even rushing into the very pit of violence, at risk of life itself, to pour in compassion. Everyone recognizes Mayor Tom Menino, Governor Deval Patrick, and President Obama. But I also recognize many of these religious leaders. They are family to me, and family to the city. Today, they are family to the nation.

The city I know and love is beckoning me -- indeed, I must go into it, and the closer I get to it, the more I will be told what to do. And conversion awaits.

Mass combined with morning prayer this morning. Now computing and corresponding. In addition to the above, also preparing a day of Gospel reflection for Beatitude House, the Catholic Worker community in Guadalupe. We will do faith sharing centered around Mark, chapters 9 and 10. One exegete, Ched Meyers, has called these chapters a "catechism of non-violence" and a "discipleship catechism," and we will use his socio-literary hermeneutic to inform our own reflections on discipleship as illuminated by the Word of God. Two novice brothers and I previously joined with the Catholic Worker volunteers for a similar day of reflection on March 14. Then, we read the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, to great spiritual effect.

Later this evening, a rehearsal with the schola. We have two special liturgies this weekend. The first, late on Saturday morning, is a jubilee Mass to celebrate the golden anniversary of the San Lorenzo novitiate. On Sunday morning at the San Lorenzo community Mass, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the priestly ordination of one of our senior friars.

A busy day, and a busy weekend. Let us not forget to pray. 


Getting warmer, and fast.

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