All Saints Messenger - September 6, 2018

posted Oct 4, 2018, 11:38 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

In the reading for this Sunday from James, the author writes, "My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?"

Reading those words reminds me that I am just as guilty as most of us. We try, but it's uncomfortable, it feels different and something just makes us feel a little awkward. We really seem to value certain folks more than others. We gravitate toward those who are put together--who have more resources, aren't emotionally needy or simply won't challenge our own sense of being.

In 2006 a song was released by Bowling for Soup called "High School Never Ends." The older I get, the more I agree. As adults we still sort ourselves into categories--sports fans, wealthy, country music fans, cultural background, racial background, sexuality, political beliefs, faith background, you name it. You probably find people who are most like you to spend time with. You don't even do it on purpose--it's just easier or less awkward to hang out with people who think and act like you.

But what does God want us to do? Not play favorites. Be in relationship with those who are different. Show love to those we might not usually interact with. Not just give money to the poor, but talk with them and listen to their stories. You get the idea. I believe it's time to get uncomfortable.

Relational God, you never shy away from the tricky situations. Teach us to break out of our comfort zone, to forge relationships with those who are different. And give us the grace to try again when we fail. Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Blessings,
Fr. Gary+
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