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November 12, 2021

St. Josaphat

Wis 13: 1-9 

For all people who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature;
and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know the one who exists,
nor did they recognize the artisan while paying heed to his works;
but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air,
or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water,
or the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world.

If through delight in the beauty of these things people assumed them to be gods,
let them know how much better than these is their Lord,
for the author of beauty created them.
And if people* were amazed at their power and working,
let them perceive from them
how much more powerful is the one who formed them.

For from the greatness and beauty of created things
comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.
Yet these people are little to be blamed,
for perhaps they go astray
while seeking God and desiring to find him.

For while they live among his works, they keep searching,
and they trust in what they see, because the things that are seen are beautiful.
Yet again, not even they are to be excused;
for if they had the power to know so much
that they could investigate the world,
how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of these things?

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

An open invitation from God

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Josaphat, who maintained his monastic life according to Eastern Orthodox tradition and encouraged union with the Roman Catholic church.  Division rooted in tradition was not a good reason to resist being in union. Both and.

“I can be who God designed me to be and embrace union with others. “

Allow me to introduce my friend and angel, Andrew.

After graduate school, I accepted a position with a hospital system in Northeast Indiana.  I was a young black woman from Atlanta, GA, where most everything was foreign to me.  Andrew and I became fast friends.  He was a young white gay Lutheran man from Amish country in Indiana who loved fully and boldly accepted everyone as they were, even those who did not fully accept him.  I was his plus one to my first interfaith wedding and learned about Amish culture.  He came to my confirmation when I completed it as an adult  and would call when our song played anywhere.  He always saw the beauty that was God, ending every call with an exuberant “I love you!”. As I write and thank God for the lasting beauty that Andrew brought to our world,  I know he is in heaven playing our song with an open invitation for all God’s beautiful designs.  

Lauren Morton is the cofounder and Executive Director of Bee at Peace, Inc and an associate at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

Prayer

Don't go changing to try and please me
You never let me down before, mmm
Don't imagine you're too familiar
And I don't see you anymore

I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far, mmm
I took the good times, I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are

In the days and weeks that follow, ask God to help you see the ways your eyes can be opened to accept union with others and honor the design that you were created to be.  

—Excerpt of “Just the Way You Are” lyrics by Billy Joel © Wb Music Corp., Reflection question by Lauren Morton


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November 12, 2021

St. Josaphat

Wis 13: 1-9 

For all people who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature;
and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know the one who exists,
nor did they recognize the artisan while paying heed to his works;
but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air,
or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water,
or the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world.

If through delight in the beauty of these things people assumed them to be gods,
let them know how much better than these is their Lord,
for the author of beauty created them.
And if people* were amazed at their power and working,
let them perceive from them
how much more powerful is the one who formed them.

For from the greatness and beauty of created things
comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.
Yet these people are little to be blamed,
for perhaps they go astray
while seeking God and desiring to find him.

For while they live among his works, they keep searching,
and they trust in what they see, because the things that are seen are beautiful.
Yet again, not even they are to be excused;
for if they had the power to know so much
that they could investigate the world,
how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of these things?

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

An open invitation from God

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Josaphat, who maintained his monastic life according to Eastern Orthodox tradition and encouraged union with the Roman Catholic church.  Division rooted in tradition was not a good reason to resist being in union. Both and.

“I can be who God designed me to be and embrace union with others. “

Allow me to introduce my friend and angel, Andrew.

After graduate school, I accepted a position with a hospital system in Northeast Indiana.  I was a young black woman from Atlanta, GA, where most everything was foreign to me.  Andrew and I became fast friends.  He was a young white gay Lutheran man from Amish country in Indiana who loved fully and boldly accepted everyone as they were, even those who did not fully accept him.  I was his plus one to my first interfaith wedding and learned about Amish culture.  He came to my confirmation when I completed it as an adult  and would call when our song played anywhere.  He always saw the beauty that was God, ending every call with an exuberant “I love you!”. As I write and thank God for the lasting beauty that Andrew brought to our world,  I know he is in heaven playing our song with an open invitation for all God’s beautiful designs.  

Lauren Morton is the cofounder and Executive Director of Bee at Peace, Inc and an associate at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

Prayer

Don't go changing to try and please me
You never let me down before, mmm
Don't imagine you're too familiar
And I don't see you anymore

I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far, mmm
I took the good times, I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are

In the days and weeks that follow, ask God to help you see the ways your eyes can be opened to accept union with others and honor the design that you were created to be.  

—Excerpt of “Just the Way You Are” lyrics by Billy Joel © Wb Music Corp., Reflection question by Lauren Morton


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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