Tuesday, July 24, 2012

where everybody knows your name

making your way in the world todaytakes everything you got
taking a break from all your worriessure would help a lotwouldn’t you like to get away ...
where everybody knows your name!
(Gary Portnoy - Where Everybody Knows Your Name, 1982)
the Gospel (Mc 12:46-50) today reminded me, and moved me to write this entry, of my conversion in 2002-2003 (and everyday)!  everything change for me then - (merci Famille Myriam Bethleem, conversion) - not only when i realized God loved me, personally, but when i realized i had a family in the Church.  in Her, i found my salvation.  today, i continue to pray - à la Dominicans - for the mercy of God, and yours.

but like all families, sometimes we grow apart.  we have difficulty in talking with those we love most.  some are angry.  some are awkward.  some are indifferent.  thankfully, many are still joyful.  welcome to family life.  welcome to the Church.  why should She be so different?  we are the Family of God, afterall, and we all play different parts.  as James Joyce once wrote of the Catholic Church, "here comes everybody"  indeed, everyone should feel welcome at home, in their home, all the time, and anytime!
"But he replied to the man who told him, 'Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?' And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.'" (Mc 12:48-50)
of course, Our Lord is not implying that our natural families are not important. but rather, the Family of God, built on listening to the will of the Father, being attentive to the Holy Spirit, is more important!  do you remember that six degress of separation thing?  me neither.  end of post.

yes i do, ... as well as the always fun game six degrees of Kevin Bacon.  when visiting anywhere, someone always asks, "hey do you know Joe, from downtown Canada?"  but of course!  anywho, the world is getting smaller and smaller and people really are getting to know everyone's names.  facebook, twitter, social media has put the focus on removing a few of those degrees of separation!


but in the Church, in my family, everybody knows your name!  that's why i love Her!  after a week+ in Dublin for the IEC2012, surrounded by tens of thousands of people, everyday i wound naturally bump into someone i know, or someone who actually knew Joe from downtown Canada!  it's a small world, afterall!  in the Church, in the family, everybody knows your name!


anywho, enough of reminiscing of my conversion.  i do have a few things to do this week, including contemplating the meaning of death while preparing three funeral liturgies!  let us pray for the Church that we continue to joyfully preach God in Jesus Christ!  She maybe old, but i love Her!  peace out.

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