I know it is Sunday and I know I don’t usually blog on a Sunday morning, but lately it seems I’ve made it a habit that I don’t blog at all. I chose this quote from Friday’s morning 1st reading from the letter to the Galatians. Why? Because during a Bible study that Sarah and I participated in many years ago, it was through this line that the Holy Spirit inspired me to write the song Cursed Wood, Blessed Wood. My wife and I have used that song on Palm Sunday (and more recently for Tenebre ) ever since. It is a very emotional song and although I take credit for putting it on paper, the true credit for this work goes to the one who inspired me and pushed me to do it and that is the Holy Spirit.
I wish I could post this song for you to listen but the site won’t allow me this option. I’ll check with my daughter and see it there is a way to post it. Stay tuned. Just one more thought today; it is one that has crossed my mind several times this week. Msgr. Ramacciotti used the following line to open his homily last Sunday. He used it to talk about the Pro-Life movement; it was a very good homily but I am using it to talk about privilege.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
White Privilege has been talked about for years. I am not a supporter of this theory but never the less I will tell you that I am a privileged man. I base this comment on not only this statement shown here -the preamble to our Declaration of Independence – but also on this line from Genesis:
God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female* he created them.
These two statements define my privilege and it the same privilege that every human being on this earth shares. We are ALL endowed by our Creator – our God – and we are all equal in the eyes of God. God created me a white male – Blessed be the Lord. God created my mentor, the man who taught me to love playing the piano and the organ – as a black male – Blessed be the Lord. I am no greater that anyone else who walks the face of this earth because, again, we are all equal in the eyes of God. I pray that we can all come to the realization that we are all equal, that we are all privileged to have a God – the Creator of all things – who loves us deeply. Let me finish with this excerpt from Colossians…
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,i
13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.j
14 And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.k
15 And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful.l
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.m
17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.n
Do something great for our Lord today – PUT ON LOVE. And thank God for the privilege of being you – you who were created in His image; in His likeness; in His perfection.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if You wish, You can me me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.
Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may note despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.