On The Margins – Mark 8:27-35

“Jesus asks all of us, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ Jesus longs to be known to his disciples and to us. People come to our parish community every day asking for what they need in our hospitality center. Beyond the clothing, the hygiene products, the haircuts, people just want to be known. We need to move beyond the labels and focus on people. The same for Christ Jesus. And once we come to know Jesus, he asks of us to follow him. And that following with embrace suffering to a new identity for us all.” Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Sunday September 16, 2012.

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1 thought on “On The Margins – Mark 8:27-35

  1. “people just want to be known.”

    Yes they do. On Thursday nights when I sometimes get to welcome people into hospitality — through the red doors at St. Andre Bessette Church — my favorite “job” is to greet people as they are coming in, and offer them a name badge. This ritual of greeting — asking someone to tell me what name they would like to be called by, listening closely and then writing their name on a sticky badge, and then handing that name tag to that person — and watching as that person affixes it to their shirt (usually over their heart) — is one of those beautiful acts that I don’t understand but feels really sacred. When people are leaving, on their way out, I thank them for coming and then I ask If I can take their nave badge from them to throw away — (so that we don’t wind up with a bunch of name badges stuck all over buildings and road signs, I suppose)… Anyway, this past Thursday, I was taken with how many people wanted to keep their name badges as they left. One man called it out directly to me. “No, I’ll keep it.” he said putting his hand protectively over his badge. “I sleep outside. I want people to see my name and know who they are passing by.”

    Thank you, Fr. Ron.

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