“Preach the Truth”

May 18   Acts 16:11-15; Jn. 15:26-16:4

“Preach the truth as if we had a million voices, for it is silence that kills the world.” St. Catherine of Siena

“It is not the objective proof of God’s existence that we want but
the experience of God’s presence. That is the miracle we are really
after, and that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get.”
 – Frederick Buechner

This week I have been made well aware of how the Church as a whole has kept silent or has simply condemned people who are queer.  But I believe that if every queer person would come up then we would have a different church.  I sometimes feel like I am very much alone.  I find myself having to work around clergy friends fearful of coming out, having to deal with the oppression of others who hate the church. Two women I met this week live in Salt Lake City. They have basically experienced only one message of the Church–that of homophobia and oppression.  Jesus died for the truth, he died for people.  Whatever time I have left I will stand for the truth, I will speak the truth, no matter the consequences.  People come to me wanting to know God they use all sorts of excuses rather than opening their hearts. Buechner says it all–to know God is to experience God. I experienced God today as I walked through the Botanical Gardens. I felt her presence and her love. I experienced him last night as I talked to people, I experienced her in the wedding, as my friends were joined together, surrounded by people who loves them. I often times wonder myself if there is anything beyond this life, if we are simply flesh and bones that will die and be no more, but my faith teaches me there is far more, and my faith allows me to experience a little bit of the eternal now. For you see the real reality is whether or not we allow ourselves that experience because once we start experiencing that Divine Presence our lives are changed, the way we live them, use our money if we have it, all that changes, and our experience of the other in people brings us new awareness. We no longer become selfish and self-centered, but embrace the One I call Jesus in each person and they matter. The way we view the use of our resources, we see that we are simply a part of those resources, not owners and that we should use them accordingly.  Good day. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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