Docile to the Hostile

Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin
Readings: Ex 3:1-6, 9-12; PS 103:1b-2, 3-4, 6-7; Mt 11:25-27
Notes: The story of the Lily of the Mohawks here.

We are in a continuous reading part of the liturgical calendar.

First reading
The cry of the children of Israel has reached me,
and I have truly noted that the Egyptians are oppressing them.
Come, now! I will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people,
the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

Moses, by the power of God, nonviolently rescued the Hebrews from slavery and captivity.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord is kind and merciful.
He has made known his ways to Moses,
and his deeds to the children of Israel.

Alleluia Verse
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

Gospel Portion
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a peaceful soul is such a person.
Her innocence and docility in a hostile world is a model for us all.

We know, we of European descent, recognize our ancestors were guilty of material greed and general cruelty of the American Indian. It is hard to ignore.

Instead we must remember the words of John Paul II:
Therefore it is necessary to act promptly and in depth. It is necessary to carry out bold changes, which are deeply innovatory. It is necessary to undertake urgent reforms without waiting any longer. – Quoting JPII Address to Indigenous and Rural People, Cuilapán, Mexico (29 January 1979), 6: AAS 71 (1979), 209. paraphrasing POPULORUM PROGRESSIO, 32.

Be a Kateri.
Be a Moses.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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