Not in my neighborhood!
Sometimes we may be willing to support good works as long as they are not set up in our neighborhood. It may be true that property value plummets when someone opens a halfway house or a hospice around the corner. This decline in value may also happen when the owners of that trendy ethnic restaurant move into the house next door. It is possible for us to agree that people have a right to live and prosper and receive the care that they need. But does this have to happen in our neighborhood?
Theme: Jesus lifts us up
A popular connotation of the word prophet is one who foretells the future; not so, the prophets of the Bible. Walter Brueggemann is a scripture scholar whose primary work is in the prophetic literature, and he describes a prophet in this way:
As I reflected on the Scripture readings for this Sunday, I was reminded of a friend of mine who died of cancer a few years ago. Mary (not her real name) was in her fifties, and she left behind a husband and two children. I got to know the family not long after I was ordained a priest. Mary was a lively person who loved a good joke and had a hearty laugh. She was also a person of deep faith. It was clear that she loved God, treasured her Catholic faith, and tried to live out that faith through prayer and action.