Homily – 2nd Sunday of Easter

My friends, each Church Year, we are taken scripturally through the life, death and resurrection of our brother, Jesus.  During Lent especially, we are called to ponder just who this God-human-person was.  During Holy Week we are encouraged to spend time with our human brother, trying to understand as fully as we can, why he came among us, for what purpose, what his death and resurrection meant for him and for us—but even more so, what his life meant. 

   Now for me, growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, before the 2nd Vatican Council, the message was always clear— “Jesus came, died for our sins, so that we could go to heaven one day and be happy with him, there forever.”  That sounds good on the surface, but I feel that Jesus’ coming was much simpler, much more loving than that. 

   I believe for many people, it is easier to get our “heads” around the fact that “God needed to come and clean up the mess we humans made, taking our failings, placing that guilt upon Jesus’ shoulders and “wha-la,” all is good!”

   But you see my friends, the above is much more of a human outlook than that of the Loving God, that Jesus, in his life presented to us.  Jesus was always more about applying the “heart” than the “head” in any situation. 

   In our Catholic church today, just as in the Jewish faith of Jesus’ time, men ran the show and we would all probably agree that setting up a list of dos and don’ts (the Jews had over 600 and Christians, a good many too) and a storyline that neatly answers all the questions is much easier than suggesting, as Jesus often did, that we simply do, the most loving thing!  Granted, doing the most “loving thing” is a lot messier! 

   Throughout history, the virtues of goodness, kindness, mercy, long-suffering, and so on have been looked at as the “gentler” virtues and relegated to the “gentler, weaker sex”—that of women.  But make no mistake, my friends, doing the “most loving thing” in any situation is far harder than following a set of narrow rules and regulations as Jesus proved throughout his life.  We must always remember that Jesus’ one, beautiful human life was taken because he relentlessly chose to do, not what the law said, but what “love” said—the two, as we know, are often not the same.  And for any of us who have ever followed his lead, we know that it is not easy, nor a weak action. 

    The Scriptures chosen for us to hear in the days and weeks after the Resurrection show the apostles sometimes in the same situation as Jesus in his life—people were attracted to him many times because of the physical cures that he was able to do.  The same was true for the apostles, after his death.  But for Jesus and the apostles, as we read today in Acts— “through [their] hands, many signs and wonders occurred among the people—women and men, in great numbers were continually added to their number.” 

   Given the above words, we can only imagine that there were many others, for Jesus and the apostles, who experienced what Jesus was really after in them, “a change of heart.” Those who were just after a messiah who would vanquish their physical enemies or cure their physical bodies, didn’t discover the “messiah” who Jesus ultimately was. 

   In the simplest of terms, Jesus came out of the loving heart of God who wants only good for us, not bad.  Such a God would never ask for reparation for the failings that were part of the humanity given us.  But such a God would give us chance, after chance, after chance, to get it right.

   Look at our Scriptures today:  The Revelations’ reading is about things not understood, except for our God’s words, “Don’t be afraid”—the piece understood, but not said is— “I will be with you.”  In the gospel reading from John we read times two— “Peace be with you—just as the Creator sent me, I [am] sending you”—to do, like me, the most loving thing! This gospel selection also lets us know that we will have great powers—the power to forgive and many other loving things, if we so choose. 

   Eastertime my friends, is all about gratitude for a God who has loved us so much in Jesus as well as a great time of grace to choose a “change of heart” –big enough to follow him, doing always what is most loving, in our world, that today, as we all know is in need of, just that!  Amen? Amen!

Homily – Easter Vigil Homily

Good Morning Friends!

As previously advertised–being that this was the weekend for our Saturday afternoon Mass, we opted this year for the Easter Vigil instead of an Easter Sunday service. We brought in the “new light” and the “new water” reminding us of our baptisms and our continual challenge to walk in our brother Jesus, the Christ’s light. I will have the “blessed water” at church if you would like to bring bottles and take some home. I know that several of you were away and some with guests and others unable to be with us –a solid 12 “apostles” gathered and prayed for our community. Following is my homily from last evening–be blessed my friends and sing out the alleluias of this spring-time holyday! Peace and love, Pastor Kathy

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Easter Vigil Homily

April 16, 2022

   My friends, we have experienced many readings tonight from what some might call, “salvation history,” but I would like to call it, the story of our God’s love for creation, culminating in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, our brother.

   Tonight, because our service is already longer, I wanted to simply lift up a line or two from the readings for us to hold on our hearts:

  • In the creation story we hear that God looked on all of creation and said that it was very good. For that reason, I chose not to have us read the story of Moses fleeing the Egyptians and God drowning them in the Red Sea.  It seems that as the prophets become more involved in the story of the Israelite people, God becomes a much more loving figure and certainly the God of Jesus was.
  • In the reading from the prophet Isaiah, we hear, “come to the water, all who are thirsty.”
  • And in the reading from Ezekiel, we hear, “You will be my people and I will be your God.” 
  • We see the compassion of God expressed in the gospel selection from Matthew tonight as twice we hear, first from angels and then from Jesus, “Don’t be afraid.”
  • The epistle from Paul to the Romans speaks in a somewhat cloaked fashion of sin and the truth about being Jesus’ followers—simply that it will mean we have to leave sinful ways behind, striving to be our best selves.  But that will come soon enough—now is the time for joy in the fact that Jesus is still with us.

   Because we won’t be meeting on Easter Sunday, I wanted to add a few thoughts that are included in tomorrow’s readings that are very significant in understanding this most glorious day.

   The Easter Sunday morning’s gospel comes from John 20:1-9. I think it is important not to stop after verse 9 but to continue on to verse 18 as it includes the beautiful encounter between Mary of Magdala and Jesus in the garden.  The reading shouldn’t stop after verse 9 as the story simply isn’t complete at that point.  The reading for the Easter Vigil stops short too and that is why I added verses 8-10 to that reading. 

   It is significant that these faithful women who stood by the cross to the very end would be the first to see Jesus in his risen state and only an all-male hierarchy would set up the readings in this way, completely discounting the women!

   Another point in this gospel that is most significant especially for those who may find it hard to believe in the resurrection and might say, “The body was simply stolen will find an answer in the way John describes the scene at the tomb.  [Simon Peter] observed “the linen wrappings lying on the ground and saw the piece of cloth that had covered Jesus’ head lying not with the wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.”   Exegetes tell us that if one’s intent was to steal a body, you would hardly unwrap it first and certainly not take the time to fold up a piece of cloth covering the head!

   John also gives us another interesting tidbit in his account of the resurrection—when Mary of Magdala first encounters Jesus, now risen, in the garden—she doesn’t recognize him!  We might ask—how can this be?  Again, exegetes tell us that one apparently doesn’t appear the same in resurrected form as they would if they were merely asleep and awakened.

   The same phenomenon seems to be true in Luke’s account of Jesus joining the disciples the next day on the way to Emmaus.  Just as Mary didn’t recognize Jesus until he did something familiar—saying her name, the disciples on the road didn’t know him either until he likewise did something familiar—when he broke bread with them. This is a good thought to keep in mind after we have lost a loved one—they too probably wouldn’t be recognizable to us, except in doing something familiar to us.

   So, my friends, some thoughts to carry on our hearts as we continue now with the blessing of the water and our baptismal promises….

Homily – Palm Sunday

My friends, as we returned this past week from our Witness for Peace delegation to Cuba, and reoriented ourselves to life in the United States, many thoughts, and ideas about how to help the Cuban people, many of whom we really grew to love while there, have been swirling around in our heads and have been laying heavily on our hearts as well.  And into this mix, falls Holy Week, the holiest week in our Church Year.  In looking over my reflections for Palm Sunday and the “holy days” of the upcoming week, from three years ago, I find that what the Spirit gave then, I couldn’t really improve on, so I will start there today and update as I go. 

   Now, I could give you some exegesis around the meaning of the readings today as we begin this holiest of weeks and probably, some thoughts will make their way into this homily; but I thought what might be a more meaningful way to go, would be to concentrate on what “this triumphal entry into Jerusalem” meant, ultimately, to our brother Jesus.

   This final journey to Jerusalem was the culmination of his relatively short life on this earth. We can only imagine the emotion he was experiencing! If he had been a musician; we might say that this action was his grand opus—the high point of all that his combined humanity and divinity had allowed and challenged him to proclaim. 

   All the prophets, especially the later ones such as, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel spoke eloquently about who Jesus, as the Messiah would be—one with humanity—with us, suffering all that we would suffer, and we might add—experiencing so much of the good that this life can bring through interactions with others, through caring and giving of himself for the least among us. 

   Our trip to Cuba was definitely about this; (caring for the least among us) or at least will be as we attempt in the days and weeks ahead, to speak to the needs of the Cuban people who are suffering so much due to our (the United States’) blockade of this tiny country in relationship to the size of our country, which in fact, is 28 times the size of Cuba.  Our Witness for Peace delegation was probably, for the most part, of the mindset that our 60+ year blockade of Cuba is more about “revenge” than anything else.  I will share more on this as time goes by. 

   Jesus spoke his truth to the powers present in his time, about justice for all, as we must do in our time. And we know from Isaiah’s words today in the first reading that what Jesus had to say would not be accepted by all—and that there were those who wished to silence him. 

    Within the time frame of a week, this triumphal entry into the holy city of Jerusalem would end in seeming failure with his death in one of the most horrible ways that death can come to an individual.  We are told by Scripture scholar, Diane Bergant, that Paul’s beautiful hymn of praise to the Philippians seems the best way for us to understand Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection—while he does not minimize it; he also doesn’t spend undo time depicting it.  Rather, Paul really explains the suffering to us and tells us what it means—his state was divine, yet he did not cling to it, but humbled himself, becoming as all humans are.  

   Our time in Cuba called each of us to truly see life through the eyes of the Cuban people—to come to understand what their day-to-day life is because of our country’s unfair blockade of them.  Many of us have probably, in the past, heard the term, “embargo” used with regard to our policies toward Cuba, which we came to realize doesn’t adequately describe our actions toward them. 

   The word, “embargo” seems to suggest one country refusing to trade with another due to disagreement in politics, etc., but our actions toward Cuba, we learned, are better described as a total blockade of this country, because not only do we refuse to trade with them, but we are willing to punish any and all other countries who attempt to trade with Cuba by not trading then with them for six months. 

   This blockade hurts not only Cubans (the least among us) but ourselves and many, many others throughout our world. It would behoove all of us in this country to pick up a good history of Cuba if we are interested in knowing the true story, something we in this country have not been given over the years.  Such a book is one by Ada Ferrer. 

   A recent vote at the UN against the blockade of Cuba was 184-2, with only our country and Israel not in agreement to end it.  We are clearly on the wrong side of this issue. 

   Looking back then to our brother Jesus, within a week, his beloved apostles and friends would all, save a few—John, Mary of Magdala, his mother and some faithful women, leave him in fear.  Two would betray him—one would seek forgiveness, the other not, as he had missed the message that his friend, Jesus had spoken so many times before—that there is nothing we could ever do that would separate us from the love of God. 

   Scriptures tell us that our brother Jesus wept over Jerusalem for how they had so misunderstood his coming among them—they wanted a king—and he came as a servant.  They let their humanity, their lust for power and control get in the way of his message of love and care for all.  Even his closest friends—apostles who spent three years with him, hearing day after day the purpose for his coming—to basically show them, all of us, the best ways to live and to love, didn’t get it!  Jesus was always about, “leading with the heart,” not the head, and those in the society he graced with his presence who were women, the poor, the ill and downtrodden got his message—not about power over, but about humility—power with and for others.

   I reflect on Jesus’ “weeping over Jerusalem” just as several of us, in our delegation to Cuba wept over the injustices done to the Cuban people over the years, that were definitely about, “power over” rather than, “power with and for.”   

   His sadness, his sense of failure with so many whom he loved so much would engulf him for a time in his agony in the garden in the space of a week. His agony would call him to cry out to his Abba God, “Why have you forsaken me? —a prayer that comes to each of us at times, as we struggle against the powers-that-be, attempting to be our best selves. 

 But before that; he would spend his last days teaching in the temple, endeavoring to get the message across one last time that “what we do to others, we do to him.”  We can’t say that we love God and refuse to love our neighbor—he minces no words—it’s as simple as that!

    The more my friends that we can let these days come alive for us, the more his words will become real and guide our daily actions going forward.  A significant ritual for many of us Catholic-Christians over the years has been, “The Stations of the Cross,”  a reflection upon the steps of Jesus on the way to Calvary—a reverent reflection in itself, but probably since the Second Vatican Council, moving forward, many writers have put together modern day “Stations of the Cross”  being cognizant of the fact that Jesus’ suffering continues yet today in our sisters and brothers who live on the margins of our society.  There is such a service being held from 12:00-1:00 on Good Friday at Windom Park should anyone wish to attend.

   We won’t be meeting on Holy Thursday, but it would behoove us to remember the gift of love that this night depicts.  Jesus, knowing all that was before him, spent his last night before his death showing his closest friends, his mother and the other women, no doubt, even though the Scriptures don’t mention their presence, of how he wanted them to live going forward, once he was no longer physically with them.  They should serve each other, beautifully displayed in the washing of the feet. Whenever and wherever they gathered; they should know and believe that he was with them in the breaking of the bread.  And finally, his greatest prayer was that all people should be one, just as he was one with Abba God.  This is why our parish is named, All Are One—our statement to ourselves, our city and all others that everyone is welcome here, no exceptions!  Jesus’ priestly prayer was all about loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves—that’s it, that’s the message!

   We will gather here on Good Friday afternoon in a simple and holy remembrance of a day, more than any other that speaks to the steadfastness of our God’s love for us.  Jesus died a human death the way he had lived his human life—completely and wholeheartedly—always keeping in mind, especially at the end, the all-encompassing love of his Abba for him.  Being human, he doubted and cried out in the agony, in the suffering, but on some level; he knew that life would follow the death and he did it all for us so that we could be steadfast in hope of new life too!

   And then on Saturday afternoon, with the Easter Vigil; we will begin our alleluias in that hope.  Amen? Amen!

Homily – 3rd Weekend of Lent

My friends, I am struck as I look over the readings for this week of how they lay out well what each of us needs to know in attempting to live as a Christian—a follower of our brother, Jesus.  Additionally, this week’s readings seem to clear up some false teachings that many of us probably grew up believing, and this is true from the Old Testament in the selection from Exodus and on through the New Testament gospel from Luke and Paul’s letter to First Corinthians.  The Psalm selection is the only exception. Let’s take a look.

   Today’s psalm, 103 lets us know that our God, “is kind and merciful.”  With that in mind, we can reflect back on God’s words to Moses from the burning bush—”I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt.”  And this God who is “kind and merciful,” calls on Moses to help and basically says, I will be with you—you won’t need to do this alone.  Moses answers in the way that is needed at this time— “Here I am.” 

   And so that Moses realizes that this is a serious, sacred request, God says, “Where you are standing is holy ground.”  Now, upon first reading these words, we think of the surface meaning—yes, God is here, thus the ground is holy. 

   But looking at this, “burning bush” moment, can’t simply be done in a surface way. Moses’ God chose to involve him in a venture that simply put, was “all about love,” because God had heard the peoples’ cries, and Moses is being asked to be God’s envoy to a stiff-necked Pharoah, holding Moses’ people, who also belonged to God, against their will. 

   Now, if Moses has truly gotten the picture, either at this point, or at some time in the future, he will realize that the “holy ground” is not only the physical ground where God seems to be but is ground upon which the Israelites in Egypt stand and the ground upon which we all stand!  Each of us is “the stuff” of heaven and of God, here, having a human experience.

   Now Moses, like most of us is concerned about the surface things—who he should tell the Pharoah it is, has sent him.  And it is almost as if God is teasing him—say, “I AM” has sent you. And to this day, exegetes still quibble over whether God meant, “I AM who I am” or “I AM who I will be.”  Now this probably made no more sense to Moses that it does to us, unless we simply conclude that God is not Some One or Some Entity that can be explained to our satisfaction, so let’s perhaps look at the “why” this encounter is taking place, rather than “who” has come to Moses in this “burning bush” moment. 

   If we recall once again the psalmist’s words, “Our God is kind and merciful,” –one who has heard the peoples’ cries; then the “why” is really more important than getting stuck on what name we should give this caring God. We see additionally that God comes to Moses as God comes to each of us—there is a need in our world and God asks, “Who can I send—who will go for us?”  Hopefully, each of us can see at times, the “holy ground” and the people standing upon it, and do our part, saying, “I will go.” 

   Paul in his letter to the Corinthians seems to struggle a bit too with describing the full picture of what is going on with the Israelites and their freeing from Egypt. He gives us an image of a somewhat “frightening God” and that we better, “watch out” lest we fall, like some of the Israelites did.  Perhaps because Paul never knew Jesus, our brother, in his earthly life, he either wasn’t aware of, or had forgotten Jesus’ teachings from the gospel selection in Luke today.

   Jesus is teaching against the notion that God causes “bad things” to happen to us because we have done “bad things.” Through the lovely story of the fig tree that bears no fruit and the owner who is willing to cut it down in punishment, we instead see the love of our God, through the vinedresser who says, “Let’s give it another chance.”  Rather than God causing a bad result, it is probably more true to say that when we make bad choices, the result is a bad outcome. 

   My friends, as the story of the fig tree seems to indicate, Jesus our brother and our God is strongly encouraging us to change our ways if our end results aren’t what we had hoped for.  Unfortunately, that old theology that wrongly taught us that the only purpose for Jesus’ coming among us was to save us from our sins, didn’t allow us to see the goodness of our God who would again and again give us chances to change and become our best selves.

   A sister of St. Joseph and a Scottish scholar, Sister Mary Beth Ingham, put it this way: “The Incarnation was not plan B (because something went wrong in the garden)—it was always plan A.”  My friends, God in Jesus became one of us out of love, to show us in no uncertain terms—how to live and how to love, and so perhaps we could say, in that case, Jesus did, “save us,” but from ourselves.

   God looks on each of us with love—we are “holy ground” as a result, and so are all others, and this same God then, asks us to love in return—first God and then, others. Meister Eckhart, a 13th Century German theologian says it like this, “The eyes with which you will look back at God will be the same eyes with which God first looked at you.”  You might want to think about that a bit, but to me, that is why it is so important that the Eucharist that we celebrate each week here, and partake in, doesn’t stop here.  Or, as we say in faith, “This is Jesus, the Bread of Life, how blessed are we [to receive it] and become the Bread of Life for the world.” 

   My friends, my challenge to each of you and to myself is to always strive to see beyond the words on the page as we read the Scriptures—I am quite sure our God wants us to go deeper so that more “burning bush” moments happen, that is, when we can see God, “in our midst.”  When we can all work toward creating a world where all are seen for their basic goodness, instead of in racist, sexist and all other diminishing ways, we will be able to truly say that we are “standing on holy ground.” Amen? Amen!

Homily – 2nd Sunday of Lent

My friends, we are journeying through Lent and are at the 2nd Sunday—the 2nd week of 6 given us by our Church to come to know our brother Jesus better and then go out, after learning what he did and how he did it in his world and do the same in ours!

   The Scriptures given us this Sunday speak of a history of a merciful God from Genesis in the Old Testament to Luke and Paul in the New Testament. Let’s look a bit at what our God says first to the man, Abram and his wife, Sarai: “Just as the stars of the heavens, so will your descendants be.”  In other words—many, many, even, uncountable descendants! 

   The reading from Genesis lays out for us a covenant made between this merciful God and the man Abram, who will later be known as Abraham and his wife as Sarah, to signify the promise made between this couple and their God, a promise based on “trust” between the two—God would be their God and they would be God’s people. 

   That is really all we need to remember about this passage—the halving of animals is not something we understand, but Abraham and Sarah and their people did—basically a covenant with God must not be broken, cut in half, as it were. 

   The psalmist today continues the thought of how our merciful God will watch over the people and that includes us: “You are my light and my salvation, of whom should I be afraid?” 

   In the letter to the Philippians, we see our brother Paul instructing the people, “to stand firm in Christ Jesus.”  It is good to recall that Paul never personally knew the man, Jesus, but only the Risen Christ. We can only imagine the power of this encounter that knocked him from his horse, turning his life around, from one who fought to bring Jesus’ followers down, to one who gave the rest of his life to bringing people to Jesus, the Christ.  Paul tells the Philippians that he wants them, “to stand firm in Christ Jesus,” because, “he so loves” them. 

   Lately, I have been spending time reviewing the Enneagram, the psychological tool that many have written and taught about to basically show us how to become our best selves.  As many of you are aware, this tool consists of 9 personality types and the “trick” is to discover the one number that best describes how each of us engages our world.  In the early years of our lives and into adulthood, we tend to use the traits that make us most comfortable in dealing with our world. 

   The Enneagram can at first and even second glance, and more, appear to be very complicated, but upon further study, we come to see that each of us faces our world with the ability to be, affective (emotional)—theoretical (thinking) and effective (doing) in our approach.  More simply put, we each come complete with emotions—thought processes—and the ability to make change, to accomplish things in our world. 

   The piece or pieces that get in the way of us becoming our best selves is that each of us faces our world with a preferred way to be—one of the 9 numbers.  For example, each time I work with the Enneagram, I come up as a #2, or “Helper”-type.  Becoming our best selves will require that we learn to use all the talents in our own personal “toolboxes” as we work and “be” in our world. 

   When a person learns over time to act in our world, not only out of our comfort zone, (for me as a 2-Helper—my comfort zone is in reaching out to my world and helping as I can) but to add the other ways— “thought” and “doing” to round out the approach.  So, why am I sharing all this?

   When we strive to be our best selves, using more of the ways to “work in our world” so as to be more effective, the Enneagram describes that as a “swan,” a beautiful bird, “finding their wings and learning to fly.”  I submit that this is what happened to Paul once he realized that to be truly “effective” in his world, he needed to “get out of his head, (theoretical) and begin to understand that he also needed to face his world “with care,” (affective) in order that his life could be all that God meant it to be. 

   There are many approaches to working with the Enneagram, psychological, and spiritual, and as you might guess, I have most often tuned into the spiritual aspects of the tool, as that is how I tend to work and “be” in the world.  As Paul says to the Philippians in today’s 2nd reading— “we have our citizenship in heaven,” and can’t be overly concerned about the attractions of the flesh.  What I have found works best for me is to look for “balance” in my one, wonderful life that began in a spiritual way and has taken on a human component here.

   So friends, that brings us to the lovely gospel of the Transfiguration of Jesus in Luke.  I love Peter’s line in this gospel, “Rabbi, how good it is for us to be here [!]” His response follows the appearance of Moses, representing the law, and Elijah, representing the prophets with Jesus in the middle, which to my mind speaks to the balance that our human brother asks of himself in his human life, and asks of us as well, in ours—know the law, but act with truth and love in our actions. 

   Exegetes aren’t too flattering of Peter’s response, basically saying that he didn’t understand what he was saying.  I would disagree.  This apparition that he, James and John were given gave them proof to base their faith upon that no doubt, in addition, gave them the strength to carry into the future, all the mysteries and wonders that they were privy to in their lives with Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus, the Christ. 

   This past year for Christmas, Saint Nicholas/Santa, gave Robert and I several new, compelling books on our present times and one which came more so, as a Three Kings’ gift, is the very poignant story, Unthinkable by Jamie Raskin, who you will remember was the lead manager for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Even though he deals with the trauma of the January 6, 2021, Insurrection at our nation’s Capitol, he clearly states that this is not a book about Trump.  One week before the Insurrection, Raskin’s only son, Tommy, became a victim of suicide. 

   What this book deals with then is the personal trauma to him and his wife Sarah, and their family and friends over losing their very accomplished, likeable, concerned, 25-year-old son and brother, juxtaposed with the trauma to our country in the “unthinkable” events that took place on January 6, 2021.

   Many people asked Raskin how he could deal with these two traumas at the same time, and he said, looking back on accepting Nancy Pelosi’s request that he lead the case against the former president, he realized that she had offered him a lifeline—that to begin to engage in a noble cause once again was the best way to honor his lost son—one who had spent much of his short life advocating for those with less than the simple goods of this world. 

   Several times throughout this book, Raskin, with a 20-year long career teaching young lawyers, constitutional law, before being elected to Congress, quoted one of his favorite people from the early days of our country, Thomas Paine.  Paine was known to have said, “The times have found us.” 

   My friends, as we contemplate the Scriptures today and this new season of Lent, we might say the same—“the times have found us,” at a place where our world is crying out with such need: wars begun by bullies, for no apparent cause, other than greed, causing millions to leave their homes, our own country that through the rhetoric of some in Congress and in our everyday world, seem to have lost their way.  When one’s personal freedom, to not be told what to do is more important than the welfare of the many, “the time” to look again at who we are, and what we have become, seems to have “found us.”

   And whether we choose to become more of our best selves as our brother Jesus calls us to through the Enneagram or any other way is not as important as that we simply look for balance in our lives, with a focus not only on ourselves, but on others—treating them as we would want to be treated.  If we can come to Easter realizing that we are finding more of that balance in our lives (for ourselves and others), I think we can say that “the times have found us,” and that we have responded as Jesus did in his life.  Amen? Amen!