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HOMILY FOR 6/21/2020: 12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Earlier this week, I was sitting on my back screened-in porch, and I noticed--just as we were about to begin the summer season--that the lightning bugs were back, their flickers illuminating the darkness of the backyard. Maybe I should have said it a little more elegantly: the fireflies were back. It made me reflect that, yes, despite all the tumult of our world, right now God is still in his heaven and that the year is unfolding as it ought.
We're given today in our first reading with the example of the much put-upon Prophet Jeremiah, that he experienced the very same reality in the end. Though he begins by describing a dire situation, he shifts to a confidence that God is with him and will see him through the crisis. What a powerful example for us in our own struggles today: to bring them to the Lord. With all the details of the misery, the pain, and the confusion we are going through today--with the racial upheavals and the ever-present pandemic afflicting our world, our nation, our local communities, and our families, too--like Jeremiah, we are reminded to affirm our trust: that no matter what, God is with us and will deliver us.
This is also the heart of what Jesus said to the Twelve and says to us today when he proclaimed, "Fear no one and so do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows."
It seems that today we are bouncing from one crisis to the next: the horrible killing of another black man, Mr. [Brooks], in Atlanta; the unrest in Seattle; more spikes of the coronavirus across the country; widespread unemployment; and now even threats from North Korea, as many of you will not yet venture out of your home.
So let's instead turn our hearts to focus on this: I read of a choir of the Martin de Porres House of Hope for addicts, the homeless, and marginalized women. With their untraining but powerful voices, they sang: "I sing because I'm happy / I sing because I'm free / His eye is on the sparrow and I know his eye watches me."
And so, now in this last full week of June, maybe we could switch that around just a little bit and say these words: I know his eye is on the lightning bugs, and I know he watches me. Amen.
on Saturday, June 20 at 2:24PM