Season after Pentecost | Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Genesis 6:9-22, 7:24, 8:14-19; Psalm 46; (Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28; Psalm 31:1-5, 19-24;) Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-28 (29-31); Matthew 7:21-29
When his son came out as gay, the man said, he just did not know what to think. To make sense of it he would have to rethink his stance on homosexuality. And he felt that if he rethought that, he would have to rethink everything about his faith. All of a sudden he felt like he was on sinking sand. At the time, I couldn’t find the words I wanted to speak to this man who so clearly loves his son and loves his Lord. Since then, I’ve spent a good deal of time pondering this cry from a devout Christian’s heart. Perhaps I have the words now.
There’s a reason that flood stories are so universal: we fear wiping ourselves out through our own violence. We need to learn to read the flood story through the eyes of the God revealed in the rainbow promise.