I ask for the grace to recognize the voices that are excluded or ignored in the stories we tell of our faith. Give me the courage to hear them now.
"Religion begins in the imagination and in stories, but it cannot remain there." - Fr. Andrew Greeley, The Catholic Imagination
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles:
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need.
Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)
"In the Catholic imaginative tradition churches overflow with stories, not only the central story of the Eucharist and the ongoing stories of the liturgical year, but many other stories, all of which tell of God's unremittingly merciful love." - Fr. Andrew Greeley, The Catholic Imagination
Questions for Reflection:
- How is the Lord coming to me as a companion? What does this companionship look like? Who am I being called to companion?
- As companions on the road of life, we are called to live out God's dream for humanity, together. We all contribute to God's great story. How might my companionship help others see themselves in God's story?
God of all people, you write your story in the wind that presses against our face; you write your story in the waves that crash upon sandy shores; you write your story in the utterances of women and men throughout all time; you write your story in the depths of my heart.
As St. Ignatius discerned his role in your story so many years ago, send your Spirit upon me so that I, too, may understand the part I am called to play as your companion. Give me the courage, then, to go to others with a gentle word, an encouraging nod that they, too, may recognize and revel in their sacred part in your great story.