Sunday, January 13, 2013
I love the gentle and insistent tone of this version of the late 19th century spiritual Wade Into the Water.
We can be unwelcoming, if not downright judgmental, toward those who work in God's name outside of our own institution and with those who are on the margins. I've read a number of examples recently which support a teaching of the Church by saying that it is justified because the people who have violated it are old, have bad voices and poor taste in liturgy (see this one). I'm tired of a Catholic debate that lowers itself to mocking and jeering. "Is it not a great cruelty for us Christians, members of the body of the Holy Church, to attack one another?" suggested St. Catherine of Siena. Enough. Enough. Enough.
But the prophets among us wade into the troubled waters regardless, and for the most part, they are uninterested in wasting breath on debates and somewhat more focussed on breathing life into the places God walks in "distressing disguise" (to quote one such, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.)
As we wade back into ordinary time, where are the troubled waters, where are the distressed, and am I willing to wade in to fish them out?
Posted by Michelle at 2:52 PM