Today's scriptures bring us a clear message:
The times, they are
Some of us who were around 52 years ago
heard that message in
our society and in our church.
It was January 13, 1964,
when Bob Dylan's
prophetic song was released.
It spoke to the mood of the times,
protests across America.
And in our church the Second Vatican Council was
calling for a change to
the way our Church had been doing
We heard ourselves called the “people of God.”
We heard about
Catholicism's long tradition of social justice
based on the right and dignity
of all people.
We were called into dialogue with other Christians,
as we begin the Week of Christian Unity
Today we hear Isaiah
after the Jewish people returned from exile:
God is in charge,
he reminds the people,
and justice will shine forth!
And we hear, in
with its highly developed Christology,
about the Cana
Two weeks ago we heard about the epiphany—
the manifestation of
God among us—
in the star over the stable.
Last week we heard about the
n the voice over the waters at Jesus' baptism—
manifestation of God among us.
Now we have a third epiphany
as the water
of ritual purification
turns into the good wine of celebration,
symbol of the hope
that what has gone wrong with the tradition
will be renewed to become even
Each of these
manifestations of God, these epiphanies,
reveals a foundational truth.
the International Theological Commission put it last year,
“the faithful have
an instinct for the truth,
which enables them to recognize and
authentic Christian doctrine and practice,
and to reject what is
So the magi follow the star.
Jesus listens to that inner voice
telling him he is a child of God.
The disciples see the meaning of the wine
out of water and begin to
throughout all the religions of the world,
God can and does speak to each and every
sprouted a good number of variant communities
because people could
see the contradiction
between what they knew to be holy
and what they saw
in some of their Temple leaders and civic rulers.
happened to Jesus' disciples to give them strength to go on—
in spite of the
crucifixion and the persecution—
was their experience of God's presence in
Jesus' way made sense to them.
It was their instinct
for the truth,
their sensus fidelium—the sense of the
These days people are
from the Roman Catholic Church and other mainline
It's their sensus fidelium.
People living in this 21st
with 21st century science and 21st century society,
themselves in a 15th century religion.
The world is real.
becomes more and more unreal.
People experience God in their lives—like Jesus
and God in other people,
sometimes Catholics but also in other
and in people of other faith traditions
and in people of no
organized faith at all.
And in their patriarchal, hierarchical Catholic
people sometimes find too little celebration of,
the validity of their own experience of God
and too many
aimed at celebrating someone else's experience of
Even so, many of us
We believe, as our tradition teaches—
from Augustine to Hans Küng to
ecclesia semper reformanda—
the Church is always
We have hope.
And we try to live the change we hope
People who are seeking
are listening to the prophets of real
theologians like Ilia Delio and Elizabeth Johnson;
like Rick Gaillardetz;
pastoral folks like Jim Bacik and Joan
and here in our Holy Spirit Community,
each one of you,
with your unique gifts and
and open minds and open
God is good.
are the people of God.
Holy Spirit Catholic Community
at 4:30 p.m.
Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
at 3925 West Central Avenue (Washington
Rev. Dr. Bev Bingle,
Mailing address: 3156 Doyle Street, Toledo, OH 43608-2006