Jesus Christ, it’s great that you have your flock, my man, but should we queer people even want to be a part of it? Yes. I’d like to think ‘yes’.
The truth of our dignity is difficult to fully see. We are born into a world where it is easier to hurt than to heal, easier to be brutal than to be gentle, easier to curse than to bless, and so we are left wounded in the darkness of doubt and anxiety, struggling to see how wonderful we are in our particularness.
On Pentecost Sunday 2014, Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims, “Listen up. If the Church is alive, it must always surprise.
I think it’s worth starting here, not because it is the most important part of the queer community to understand, but because it is where the Catholic Church always starts
Wherever you find yourself these days, whether grateful for a new community and relationship you’ve formed or even overwhelmed by so many things going on, you (Yes, YOU) and all of us are called to holiness and to love.
For me, the kicker in this weekend’s readings is the very last line of the Gospel: "the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Loving God with all that I am and loving my neighbor as myself. These are not just suggestions for Christ seekers...these are commandments that the law and prophets depend on. I would assume that it challenged the prophets to spend time reaching out to the margins, while also tending to the interior spiritual life that roots us in the love of God. As for the law, I imagine a world where laws are created out of love for each of us and our neighbors...a world where no one is left behind or left out...and a world that hears the cries of the children separated from their parents.
In other words, we most definitely have to acknowledge our place on this earth and cooperate with the systems we live in, but it doesn’t let us off the hook from trying to transform it. We cannot become so heavenly minded we are no earthly good.
Today, as we hear/read the selected scripture from the lectionary, a clear theme emerges from the text: the Lord GOD will provide all the comfort EVER. While that sounds wonderful and does provide hope in my life, I face what many LGBTQ+ people face; struggles with mental health.
The starting point is the assumption that queer people are good, holy, and capable of love exactly as they are. We won’t be tackling Scripture passages that have been used in non-affirming ways or Catechism references which imply otherwise.
In times of great mental distress, heart-wrecking grief, or that deep-seated loneliness, I must be careful not to fall into self-destructive behaviors or thoughts. On the contrary, meditation allows one to dip below their humanity to touch their soul connection with God.