Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Summer Ambiguity with Pastor Carlos
I enjoyed being at the Catholic Night with the Padres with a number of parishioners, Fr. Max, and Anthony Jimenez, our Augustinian pre-novice, who is discerning to eventually make vows as an Augustinian. Lively music greeted us as we came in to Petco Park, and after the minor odyssey of finding our seats, one of our families passed around a huge bag of sweet and salty popcorn, and before we knew it, twilight fell and the orange creamsicle sky faded into mauve and violets. Just beautiful.
The parish picnic last Saturday was lovely as well. We shared delicious food along with meaningful conversations, as we enjoyed the cool breeze under the shade of one of the few trees we were fortunate to have.
Then last Sunday the news of mass shootings shocked our nation. On Monday, one of our parishioners shared with me the sorrow she felt over the terrible news. Tears welled up in her eyes. “Life matters to those who weep,” are the words of Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB, and apply to anyone weeping over the victims of the shootings, and over the six children who died in U.S. custody in the migrant camps run by the government. A heart that weeps over injustice is “a heart for change, and a soul that craves justice and joy with the passion of desert land for water” (Sr. Chittister, OSB).
Fr. Phil and I often preach about our faith in a loving God in the midst of darkness. Our second reading today grounds us by reminding us that “faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” Faith allows us to pray and hope. Although goodness at times is obscured by evil, faith gives us the evidence of hidden grace operating in our midst. Faith moves us to live in prophetic ways as we stand in the gap between God’s desire for humanity and our human failures to heed to the kingdom of peace and justice.
God bless, Fr. Carlos, OS