March 20 Edevotional

 

 

Yesterday, I read an interview with Fr. Gregory Boyle, the founder and director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the world’s largest gang rehab and re-entry program. He had some very good things to say to me and I wanted to pass them on to you, my fellow ministers of the church. “Ministry aimed at saving people and the world instead leads to burnout,” Fr. Boyle said. “If the intent is to save people, or even to help people, then it works that way.” “You’re going to be depleted.”

“It used to be, when I used to think my job was saving lives, “ he said. “But now I think saving lives is for the Coast Guard.”

Our choice always is the same; save the world or savor it. And I vote for savoring it. And, just because everything is about something else, if you savor the world, somehow—go figure—it’s getting saved.”

“We’ve become focused on peace, justice and equality, when the truth is, none of those things can happen unless there’s some undergirding sense that we belong to each other, that we’re connected, that we matter. But the good news is, if we focus on kinship, the byproduct of that effort is peace, justice and equality. It’s how it happens.”

“Ask Jesus to identify somebody who doesn’t belong to us, you’re going to get a big fat zero. Jesus will not be able to come up with a name.”

“The task is allowing yourself to be reached by people, can you receive people? Can you be anchored in the here and now and practice the sacrament of the present moment.” If you can do that, then it’s all delight and it’s all amazement and it’s all awe. We’re only saved in the present moment.”

“The need to belong is a presumption that we all make about kids joining gangs. But a kid joins a gang because he wants to die.”

“I learned a long time ago that no amount of me wanting that guy to have a life is the same as that guy wanting to have a life. So in the meantime, what do you do? You wait and you love and you cherish and you know that all mature spirituality is about tenderness. Tenderness is the connective tissue. It’s the only thing that joins us together.”

(Faith and Leadership, from Leadership Education at Duke University)

God is making all things new within us and among us. We wait and we love and we cherish ourselves and each other. We are tenderhearted with one another, forgiving one another as God is forgiving and tender with us. Thank you for being on this Lenten journey with me.

Pastor Sherrie

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