Rebooting and Listening
“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
What is God asking St. Thomas More to do today and in the months to come?
Are we willing to follow where God is leading us?
The Gospel this weekend challenges us to put nothing before our call as disciples: “Whoever loves father and mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” These words can seem harsh, but they point out that discipleship is not a part of who we are, it is the core of who we are. We follow Jesus. He is the Lord of history and the Lord of our lives. His call to discipleship affects all that we do. That is why hearing and following the Lord’s call are central disciplines of our faith and the life of our community.
Over the summer months we continue to work to follow the Lord’s call in rebooting our parish. Our mission hasn’t changed. We still exist to continue the mission of Jesus. But the world has changed and is changing rapidly. At times like this, we are called to dig deep and uncover what is of real value. Right now, the future is not clear. Our “standard operating procedures” were not designed for this type of rapid change.
So what do we do?
We do what people of faith have always done. We follow the Lord. We cry out to God and we listen carefully for God’s voice. We look for the prophets around and among us. We support those who are hurting. We proclaim to one another how God has been with us. We weep. We pray. We heal. We dream. We proclaim. We listen. And we wait for God to act.
As we continue to reboot, and to help us discern God’s call, I am hosting two listening sessions. I encourage everyone to attend one or the other of these sessions. There is no specific agenda for these listening sessions but we will use a simple process to help us hear God’s voice speaking among us and help us focus on what is most important right now. What are the beginning steps we are to take now in response to our changing world?
For the past several weeks (and months with parish leadership), I have been asking us to pray with the question: What is God asking St. Thomas More to do today and in the months to come? I am working to focus that question even more. It is a heavy question, but it is the only question that matters. We will be digging deep in our listening sessions. You can come in person (up to 180 people with masks and social distancing) or participate on our facebook page. Please join a listening session:
11:30 am Sunday, July 12 or 6:30 pm Wednesday, August 19
Parish Pastoral Leader