Weekly Reflection

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, February 19, 2017

 

Scripture

Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18  
1 Corinthians 3:16 - 23
Matthew 5:38-48

"Take no revenge and cherish no grudge.”  
“Do you not know you are the temple of God?”
"And Jesus said . . . when someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well . . . love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you."

Preaching

Imagine walking into a small Montana bar for a Christmas ugly sweater party, and quite a few young men are wearing "Make America Great Again" caps. You may know the place, Chick's Bar in Alder, near Laurin where Dominicans held summer bible camps. Our daughter Rosie, who was home on Christmas break got into a "war of words" which she did not win.

 Rosie graduated from Loras College, received her Master’s in English as a Second Language and now teaches Spanish at an all-girls high school in Baltimore, which, like Queen of Peace, will be closing at the end of this academic year. The school primarily serves young women of color. Rosie is also married to a young man from Argentina who is working on his doctorate in at Johns Hopkins.

In the last few months, Rosie, as many of us for various reason, has experienced anger, frustration, disbelief, and felt at a loss of what to do—how to move forward.  

Rosie's chant has become "Rise Up," an Andra Day song.

For Your Reflection

What is your mantra song or prayer? Rosie participated in the Women's March in DC. How do you participate in acts of justice? How do you listen to, pray for, and love your enemies and those who persecute? How might we change people’s hearts and minds to discover the way of the Good News?

Associate Laurie Bartoletti

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