We, like the Samaritan woman, continually ask God, “Where have you been?” or “Where were you?” when relationships or life don’t go the way we planned.
The thing is God never asks us, “Where have you been” because He knows where we’ve been. He knows the websites, the parties, the rooms we have entered, and the bottles we have opened to satisfy our thirst. He knows the relationships we have been in and the lines we have crossed emotionally, physically, and sexually. And yet, He sits at the wall of the well waiting for us to discover Him and accept His mercy and love.
It was Gaudete Sunday and as the third candle of the Advent Wreath was lit at Mass we were called to rejoice, but my heart didn’t really feel like rejoicing. A prayer intention for the victims and their families and what seemed to be a small mention of Friday’s heartbreak during the homily didn’t seem enough to express what so many of our hearts were feeling.
How can we rejoice, God?
In the midst of all of this pain and hurt how can we rejoice today, this week, or on Christmas morning?
In a few short days, 2 billion people — some little girls, mostly grown adults — will watch in high definition as Catherine Middleton marries Prince William. It seems to be all the news can cover, and who can blame them? It is the wedding of the century, costing 30 million dollars. What will Princess Kate wear? Who is invited? Will it rain (I mean, we are talking London here)? This is the stuff fairytales are made of, and this is what the wonderful world of Disney fed our childhood dreams with: prince meets commoner and makes her his princess bride…“and they lived happily ever after.”
At the beginning of the year we received the greatest blessing of welcoming Kitovu Parish in Masaka, Uganda to the Life Teen family. Never have we seen a community so passionate about starting youth ministry in their parish or country. The necessity to receive materials and start implementing them immediately, wasting no time, was simply inspiring. The man leading this urgent revolution is Kasozi Moses, a new youth minister with a passion for God and a need to lead the teens of Uganda closer to Read more [...]