Oops! God, Have Mercy, I Goofed Again

 

Sunday’s gospel (Luke 18:9-14) was all about humility. The pharisee proudly reminds God how well he has kept His commandments. The tax collector, in shame, hides in a corner and begs God’s mercy. Fr. K’s homily began with a reminder that once we think we have humility, we’ve lost it. His hint couldn’t have come at a better time. More than one of us had goofed up that very day.

After Mass, several of us were discussing our humbling experiences during our monthly community meal. I had started things out by jumping into the Gloria, before the Kyrie was chanted.  My guitar player pointed out my mistake and I stealthily retrieved my chapel veil from my bag and covered my humbled head. Next, our second reader forgot “The Word of the Lord”, at the end of his reading, because it ended in “Amen”. I had to smile. I was no longer alone in my shame. The final humiliation was that sticky key on my flute, which naturally decided to stick in the middle of a solo. I guess I’d better get that fixed. At least the organ didn’t blare out of tune like it did last Sunday…
 
 
We make plenty of little mistakes all the time. Usually we play through them and nobody notices. Sometimes they are very obvious and amplified by the presence of a microphone and a large group of people in front of us. As my friend Joan commented, “God must have needed a good laugh today”. Always happy to oblige.

 

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The Human Experience – Dignity in the Midst of Poverty

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Two young men from Brooklyn, New York set out to find out what it means to live the gospel in misery and poverty.  From the homeless in New York, to the forgotten orphans of Peru, to modern day leper colonies in Africa, we are presented with the powerful drama that is “the rest of the world”.  The masses living on the outskirts of the comfort zone that we know as modern daily life.

The creators of The Human Experience attempt “By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, (to) show viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful.”

This award winning documentary is brought to us by Grassroot Films, which also produced Fishers of Men, to inspire vocations to priestly service and God in the Streets of New York City.   Grassroots Films strives to “make great films that inspire true change”.  The Human Experience has won over 30 awards since its release last year and emphasizes this year’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development theme:  Fight Poverty. Defend Human Dignity.

A truly inspiring film for private or group viewing, highly recommended by Catholic Traveller’s A Simple Catholic.

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