Weekly Mutterings. “Whoever is not against us is for us.” My father believed this Gospel passage had a particular meaning: you are either a Sox fan or a Cub fan -- you cannot be neutral and you cannot be both. You must make a choice to whom you will be loyal.
Jesus was, of course, talking about a different issue of loyalty, still timely today. “Who belongs to God and who doesn’t?” Who is doing God’s work and who isn’t? We still make distinctions between “Us” and “Them” on many levels of our humanity. Religion is supposed to help people discover and celebrate our oneness in God. Far too often done just the opposite, and becomes the occasion to drive us apart.
I like being a Catholic, and think that is the best way to seek and live the truth. But people who are not Catholic, not even Christian, people who are not of our number, are doing God’s work. That doesn’t mean it makes no difference what we believe or what creed we profess. It simply means that Catholics, Baptists, Buddhists, Moslems – all people of faith -- can benefit from the wisdom and experience of each other. Jesus teaches that someone who is bringing the human family closer to God and brings healing to the human family is doing God’s work. “Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one who is thirsty will receive a reward.”
God is at work in the world and in each of us in ways that we do not understand or control. What a profound mystery! But each of us here is called to be the best Catholic we can be. Our hands, hearts, and eyes are gifts by which we are to reveal the love of God. God has created each of us to be different, and yet all of us are created in the image and likeness of God. And we can see God’s glory at work in all those who allow God to work in them.
Even Cub fans!
Not Just Another Survey
For the past several weeks, St. Barnabas has been involved in a remarkable process called "Parish Transformation." With the assistance of the Archdiocese, many parishioners have formed a team to develop a plan for the future mission of St. Barnabas Parish. Te be effective, we will need the engagement of all the people of St. Barnabas on this journey. Please do your part by completing an online survey
Monthly Family Rosary
Beginning May 3rd, St. Barnabas will host a monthly family rosary gathering in the Holy Spirit Chapel. Whole families, and individuals of all ages, are welcome to pray together.
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Saint Barnabas Parish
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Chicago, IL 60643
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