Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
â€śHontar: We must work in the world, your eminence. The world is thus.
Altamirano: No, SeĂ±or Hontar. Thus have we made the world… thus have I made it.â€ť
-Robert Bolt, The Mission
â€śThe past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
-William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun
Whatever your opinion of Barack Obama, you canâ€™t deny the last full week of June was kind to him, climaxing on Friday as he celebrated the Supreme Courtâ€™s decision on same sex marriage and delivered a moving eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, killed in the terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
Iâ€™ll let others dissect the political implications of Mr. Obamaâ€™s recent good fortune. Iâ€™ll likewise refrain from comment on the same sex marriage decision. I have good friends on both sides of that issue, some of whom â€“ again on both sides â€“ have been treated quite shabbily by those with whom they disagree. This weekâ€™s readings point through the news to something deeper.
What might it mean for North American Christians that the first mixed-race President of the United States spent a morning in June, 2015 cheering a political milestone for gays and lesbians, and that same afternoon eulogizing an African-American man murdered, along with eight others, because of the color of his skin? This ought to matter. Even in an era of much-discussed church decline, the world in which these events occur is â€“ for good or ill â€“ much as we have made it. Read more