Habitat Dedications

A few hours north of where Deacon Gerry ended his latest pilgrimage, there was a, “Now, here’s the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to broadcast over the radio. My part in the story started over five years ago, when seeking to volunteer at Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity. It has been a joy to make connections with a least a dozen families, while helping them build their homes. These parents put in a minimum of 200 hours of sweat equity, after going through a rigorous application process. Afterwards, they end up with an affordable mortgage for the next 30 years. Saturday was our first double dedication. We built two homes at once for two, unrelated families of five with the same last name. The picture of the family I hope to post has roots in Mexico. The wedding cookies they shared after the dedication were brought from their Mexican hometown, five hours away. This family endured multiple rejected applications from Habitat. You would not know it from the picture, but she was not a single mom when the sweat equity hours began with her and her husband. Like all new Habitat homeowners, parents tell their story. The one she told the crowd in Spanish, included the passing of her husband the father of their children. You see, after they were accepted and started their sweat equity, he passed away from covid-19.

How do Habitat volunteers celebrate? They raise the roof.

What happens at a Habitat dedication? God is invited to live under the roof.

Now you know the rest of this story.

That very day

Painting of The Road to Emmaus courtesy of Methodist News Service

Greetings on this the Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
Our readings today are as follows.

  • The Book of Acts with Peter and John in the temple area.
  • Psalm One Oh Five.
  • The Gospel of Luke story of the Road to Emmaus.

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On that very day, the first day of the week.

So many wonderful things to reflect on today about the story of the Road to Emmaus especially when paired with the reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.

Perhaps in a bulleted list form?

  • Jesus journeys with us in our uncertainty.
  • The Apostles and the apostolic succession is given to do the same.
  • Jesus taught all that the prophets spoke.
  • The Church teaches the fulfillment of the Old Testament in Jesus.
  • Jesus invokes compassion in the disciples.
  • The Apostles show compassion for the beggar.
  • Jesus is revealed in the Breaking of the Bread – Eucharist.
  • Jesus is revealed in the healing of the beggar by the Apostles.

The Apostles ask Jesus to stay.
He gives them himself in Eucharistic bread until the End of Time.

Today, too, is that very day.

We come to him, Jesus, in the church. We seek to journey together, learn together, be compassionate together and be together in the breaking of the bread that he may never leave us.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry