Paraphrased from the homily of
Fr. David Cox
"Our faith is alive!
Hold fast to the traditions," says the letter writer
(II Thessalonians 2:1-5,13-17).
Hold fast, innovate, evolve, says Fr. David. Live into what the Spirit is calling us to be today. Think of our church as an incubator -- a "dojo," as Mark Scandrette told us in 2014 -- where we can find our gifts to be leaders at a time when lay leaders are essential.
Intentional practices as small as mustard seeds have exploded into enormous movements. Lord, let our practices drown out that negative refrain that the church is dying. Let us tell our stories, invite our friends, make connections, and obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.