Yesterday at our parish Sunday liturgy, our Pastor, Fr. Bert Thelen, S.J.,
gave each of the 5 First Communicants a tiny cross with WWJD on it.
That is such a good question in our world and the U.S. today: “what would
This is a time on University campuses when people are saying their goodbyes.
There is graduation, moving out of dorms, farewell lunches and dinners.
It’s a time of parting and transition, so apt for today’s readings.
Paul is saying goodbye to the elders of the Church at Ephesus. He is
reminding them of all he taught them: Paul’s lessons of leadership.
His most powerful words: “to feed the Church of God which he bought with
his own blood…and now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace that
has the POWER TO BUILD YOU UP…”
Jesus is doing the same with his beloved disciples. Both Paul and Jesus
articulate the problems their followers will run into specifically because
they follow Jesus. Both pray for their followers. Jesus' prayer
is true today for us:
“Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name so
that they may be one like us…CONSECRATE THEM IN TRUTH.”
What does it mean to be ONE with GOD and CONSECRATED IN TRUTH, especially
when there are so many versions of truth about? I would say it means
working for the justice of all and the goodness of life. It means working
for a U.S. where we are free to speak our truth and not worry about being
entangled in a Patriot Act. It means living non-violently and working
for peace and the end of war. It means standing for healthy morals
and decent ethical behavior and speaking against CEO's and others who are
manipulating people and money. It means finding a way to have good
health care for all of our citizens, leaving no child hungry or homeless.
In essence it means Living the Beatitudes.
WHAT WOULD JESUS DO as a member of our Church, of our Omaha or wherever you
are, of our National communities?