April 2, 2017



Everybody loves a good story. And there are some pretty good stories and storytellers out there. I suppose many of you have your favorite novelists who tell good tales.

Sometimes their stories get made into movies. Last week Fr. Richard and I went to see Hidden Figures, the story of a handful of women who were unsung heroes in the early days of NASA and the space race. They were human “computers”, that is, mathematicians who did the calculating by hand, before there were IBMs. They also happened to be black, and that of course was the heart of the story.

There are long, epic stories and there are short stories. There are true stories and fictional stories. One of the all-time great storytellers was Jesus. He is particularly well known for his parables and probably his most famous one was the story of The Prodigal Son.

In today’s Gospel, John, the beloved disciple, tells the true story of what he witnessed one day in Bethany. It was the story of The Raising of Lazarus and I thought he did a pretty good job of telling it. But, as they say, the proof is in the pudding. Did it stick with you? Did he hold your attention? Did you take that story home with you and reflect on it?

I told a few stories last week from the pulpit. And I projected a story on the “big screen”. Did you carry those stories with you out the door and into your very lives?  Did they entertain you? Did they instruct you or inform you, or inspire you? Did they change your life in any way?

Did you know that there is a movement “out there”, in the world, called “privatism”? I heard the term for the first time last week. It was used within the context of a talk given by a man who was warning us about this movement. At the heart of it is a desire to deny our right to tell our story. More specifically, it’s about our religious freedom to share The Good News; to share our faith, out in public. For us Christians, this would actually be an obstacle to the mandate that Jesus gave when he told us to go forth, baptize all nations, teaching them to observe all those things he has commanded us.

Yes, there are those who would prevent us from telling our story. Be on your guard. If the recent election had gone another way, I’m pretty sure the days of our storytelling would soon be over.


Did you know that there are schools for storytelling? It is kind of an art, you know. I recently talked with a few folks about having a storytelling night here at Holy Spirit. Would you be interested in telling a story? Do you have a special experience that you would like to share with the rest of us? It doesn’t have to be a religious testimony, but could be simply a special event that you experienced or witnessed. Let me know. I think it could be fun. I personally have a story I’d love to tell you about me and King Tut.

And don’t miss our last Soup Supper this coming Friday, April 7th at 6:30pm (please note the change in time), followed by our Youth presentation of the Stations of the Cross at 8pm. Fr. J.



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