I am good, and God chooses to love me every single second. God loves all of me, the queer and the femme are held in Their arms.
The second reading invites us to “let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” As we live out our daily lives, we need to ask ourselves "how can we show God’s love in our actions?" The truth is that God loves you. He loves your fabulous hair. He loves your smile. He loves your queerness. He loves your relationships. He loves all of you! As we set out on our mission to show God’s love, we must start with showing love towards ourselves.
As I reflect on my own journey of justice and being witness as a Catholic, while also being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, I notice that my “witnessing” is steeped in asking tough questions, having difficult conversations, holding myself and others accountable, and building community around me.
I have to be willing to stick around and have some hard conversations.
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
When the Paschal light of the Easter Vigil comes to illuminate your life, what will you see?
So, on this Good Friday, I remind myself that it was amongst the suffering where you radically changed me and it is in the streets where I will see you again.
The Mass is full of order and sanctity. It can almost feel stuffy at times. Having people expose their bare feet and have them washed is the complete opposite of formal. As a result, I absolutely love it.