Just as he once held Jesus, St. Joseph carries the hurts and hopes of our wayward world.
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When we accept our "blindness" and vulnerabilities, we start to see God anew.
Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well is a remarkable expression of restorative justice.
Let's not let the noisiness of our lives drown out the sound of God's voice.
We all experience "desert moments." God will help us through them, if we allow him.
Faith isn't about shining a spotlight on ourselves. We have to cast our light outward, illuminating the dignity of others.
Jesus came to be present with us. We can embody that presence in our ministry to others.
During his time as a prison chaplain, Dr. Arturo Chávez met many "Juan Diegos" — men lost in the darkness of personal shame and systemic injustice.
"Lord, come and save us" is a refrain prayed by crime victims, the incarcerated, and those burdened by our broken criminal legal system.
Mary is there to comfort any mother who has lost a child — whether to illness, death, or incarceration.
God promises a justice far greater than the one offered by our criminal legal system.
If we "stay awake" we may see the Son of Man coming in even the most unlikely of places — like on death row.
Just as the stone of Jesus' tomb was rolled away to reveal the resurrected Christ, let us work together to remove the stones of oppression and reveal a more just world.
Fr. Larry Dowling describes Jesus's tomb as the womb of the Earth: the place in which we must sit with the suffering of the world in order to emerge resurrected.
This Good Friday as we mourn the execution of Christ, we are reminded of all the suffering that is present in our world today. Let this mourning inspire us to action, to fight for the dignity of those whose dignity has been threatened.
At the last supper, Jesus commands us to "love one another as I have loved you." The love of Christ is radical, and invites us to show love even to those who cause us harm.
God has given us each unique gifts and talents. Today we are asked how we will use them for justice.
Brandyn Woodard calls us to mirror Jesus' reconciling approach to harm, welcoming people in rather than casting them aside.
Fr. Travis Russell, SJ invites us to reflect on who we turn away, and encourages us to mimic Jesus's mercy, excluding no one.
The love and holiness of Joseph flowed through Jesus. This feast day may it flow through us as well.