“Oigan cómo clama contra ustedes el salario no pagado a los obreros que les trabajaron sus campos. El clamor de esos trabajadores ha llegado a oídos del Señor Todopoderoso.” Santiago 5: 4
(Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty) James 5:4
I listened to the young man reading these words last night, surrounded by his companions and silhouetted against the industrial light hanging on the side of their house as we worshiped outside, and I got angry all over again. How is it possible that these words are still true after 2000 years? “You’re in the Bible!” I told them. We talked about finding life in the midst of the terrible situation they’re in. We talked about the importance of life-giving human connections. I told them the glad story of how I went with our young couple to the doctor and was allowed to sit in on their ultrasound: How the three of us sat in awe and wonder and looked at those tiny fingers and how I got to watch the faces of the parents as they saw the image of their baby for the first time. Life is indeed hard and their lives are full of injustice, but in the middle of it all there is joy.
And I felt joy last night looking around at our little group. Santiago (Capo) was holding the book for me as I prayed the Mass, and as I looked around at our little group, I do believe that what we are doing is life giving, a source of hope and connection. Gracias Dios por nuestra pequeña iglesa!
Other good news to share: A number of women have contributed to buy a bed for our young couple, calling themselves “the Abuelas” (Grandmothers). One woman even offered to buy a bed for them herself if others didn’t contribute. They will have their bed in a few days. Thank you so much! I think the story of a pregnant woman sleeping on the floor sparked radical empathy in women who remember those days so well.
This coming Thursday, we welcome Pastora Ruth Rodriguez de Orantes from Shekina Church in Santa Ana, El Salvador to our migrant Mass. We will begin with a pot luck supper at 7:30. You are welcome to join us. Please let me know if you are coming.
Finally, I would like to note the retirement of Bishop Clark, and express my gratitude for his years as our Bishop. I will never forget what he said to us at Corpus Christi in October 1998: “Don’t think that I am telling you not to obey your conscience. You must obey your conscience. But there will be consequences.” God Bless you in your retirement, Bishop Clark, and thank you for your leadership and vision.
Many thanks to Anne Haydanek, who is transcribing this bulletin today. Please let me know if you would like to offer this service sometime in the next few weeks as I continue to recover from carpal tunnel.
The trees are starting to change, get out there and enjoy the colors!
Love to all,
P.S. We are still looking for volunteers for the Rural and Migrant Ministries Dinner on December 4, 2012, please let me know if you would like to help with setup, serving and clean up, in exchange for a free dinner!
Oscar Romero Church
An Inclusive Community of Liberation, Justice and Joy
Worshiping in the Catholic Tradition
Mass: Sundays, 11 am
St Joseph's House of Hospitality, 402 South Ave, Rochester NY 14620