To acknowledge Christ is to obey his words and commands, the highest of which are to love God above all else and then to love our neighbor as ourselves. Those who persecute minorities, whether because of skin color, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation/gender identity, or place of origin openly deny both of those commands, for when we refuse to love our neighbor, by extension we refuse to love God, who is just as present in our neighbor as He is in us. In doing so, those who refuse to obey those commandments effectively deny Christ before men, who will then in turn deny them before the Father.
I'd like to take a moment this week to introduce the Vine & Fig Reading Club!
Although Uganda escalated state-sponsored persecution of LGBT+ people amid the turmoil of the worldwide recession that began in 2008, the erasure of queer lives throughout Africa has deep roots in a century of European imperialism and the Catholic Church’s complicity in colonialism.
In today’s reading, Moses reminds us of God’s spiritual nourishment, the manna or bread of life needed to lift us up and empower us to carry on through our difficulties and trials.
Zinzy and Patrick W join the Flores boys to recap the highlights of season one and talk about how Vine & Fig can do its part to work for change during the Black Lives Matter uprisings around th
LGBT+ people discovered a collective rights-consciousness in American society in the aftermath of Stonewall. Before the uprising, LGBT+ people often internalized prevailing attitudes that queer people suffered from some psychological pathology and belonged on the margins of society. After Stonewall, they saw themselves as one of many empowered minority groups militating for their civil rights.
What we are shown by this is that the central mystery of Christianity is not one that is meant to be pondered over and mystified over but one that seeks to include us into its very fabric, giving us a seat at the table, the mystery of salvation is no longer a spectator sport. It is something we become intimately involved in.
I want us to not get caught up in the satisfaction of spontaneous and temporary outrage. I want us to take a vow, and get to work. If you're eager to get out of the self-replicating loop that is systemic racism, start learning 'til you know.
On May 27, 2020 the queer community lost the fabulous Larry Kramer. During his life, Kramer cultivated the persona of a relentlessly confrontational activist who was unafraid to make what Civil Rights leader John Lewis called “good and necessary trouble.”