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Catholic Charities Grupo de Solidaridad June 29, 2018 MISA DE SOLIDARIDAD THIS SUNDAY
This week’s misa will be July 1 at 9 AM Newman Chapel Corner of San Carlos and 10th Sts.
MISA DE SOLIDARIDAD La próxima misa sera el 1 de julio a las 9AM Capilla Newman Esquina de las calles San Carlos y 10
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Sunday Reflection: True Freedom The gospel text from this Sunday comes from Mark 5:21-43. The gospel takes us to two healing stories: Jairus’ 12 year old daughter and a woman who suffered a 12 year long hemorrhage. Not insignificant to the story is the location of the narrative: the Jewish side of Lake Galilee. Jesus left the side of the lake that had been settled by non-Jews brought to the region by the Empire as laborers. Prior to the scene with Jairus, Jesus had sent Legion, the unclean spirits, into the herd of swine. This feat was recorded by Mark as a not-so-subtle reference to Resistance. “Legion,” the name of the unclean spirit, is also a reference to the 6,000 soldiers in the Roman Empire’s army. The story of casting Legion into swine expressed the belief that God will destroy the Empire and establish in its place, the Kingdom of God. The swineherds, who were non-Jewish immigrants forcibly settled in Galilee by the Empire, displaced Jewish farms and homesteads. The swineherds, a part of the machinery of the Empire, did not react well when Jesus expelled the demon, Legion, into their herd. Verse 17 says that they begged Jesus to leave their neighborhood. Jesus did leave and this is where we pick up today’s two healing stories.
The narration begins with Jesus back in his Jewish townships and just as he arrives he gets the news about Jairus’ daughter. Reading this passage through the lens of Resistance, one might surmise that Jairus’ daughter represents the people, Israel. Not unlike Legion that possessed an innocent man, Israel was possessed by the Empire and its people felt the weight of the Empire pressing upon their collective chest.
On his way to Jairus’ house Jesus was interrupted by a large crowd who had heard of Jesus’ work in exorcising demons and healing the sick. At this point, the narrative introduces a woman who suffered a 12 year long hemorrhage. Recall that blood for Jews (and other ancient religions in Near Asia), contains the life force of an individual and because blood is considered sacred, the spilling of blood must always be done with care and clear and pure intention. This is why before taking the life of an other creature, prayers would be offered as a way to clarify the intention of the spilling of blood.
Blood taken from an animal in the context of ritual sacrifice was considered the highest form of sacrifice because the blood from the animal represented the original state of innocence to which the first human persons were born. In order to restore the human family to the original state of innocence, the high priest would sacrifice an animal at the high altar and use the blood to sprinkle the altar and those seeking forgiveness. Because animals do not commit sin, their blood is pure. And the efficacy of a ritual sacrifice of forgiveness depended on pure, innocent blood which therefore would exclude people with “blood on their hands” (including and most especially menstrual blood). This woman who had a continuous flow of blood for 12 years would therefore be barred from receiving forgiveness through the ritual sacrifice at the Jerusalem Temple. Now let us use the lens of Resistance and revisit the woman with the hemorrhage. This woman, through no fault of her own, was quite literally bleeding because she was caught up in a system of oppression through no fault of her own.
Hoping that Jesus was the Messiah, (the savior of Israel who would lead the people to true freedom), she reached out and touched Jesus’ cloak in an act of defiant hope. By touching Jesus’ cloak, she was touching the cloak of true freedom. Using the lens of Resistance lens allows us to see the woman as a strong figure of the Resistance rather than a victim or a figure to be pitied. She was definitely not acting from a place of desperation, but rather, a place of courage.
The woman’s hemorrhage stopped immediately when she touched Jesus’ cloak. Did the woman realize that her freedom hinged upon her defiant decision to move beyond victimhood and assume the stance of a person of the Resistance? The woman approached Jesus with fear and trembling not because she was afraid of Jesus, but because he held the key to her own liberation! Her choice! Jesus affirmed this by saying, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Those living in the shadow of the Empire need to know that the first step of freedom hinges on the decision to believe in one’s self. We are free the moment we believe that we are free!
At that precise moment of the woman’s realization of her own freedom, Jairus, who had been accompanying Jesus, was told that his daughter was dead. In response to the gathering cloud of sadness and grief, Jesus said, “Do not fear, only believe.” Jesus defied death saying to the girl, “Little girl, get up!” Return again to the passage and read it with the lens of Resistance. You will see a familiar pattern of defiance. Common sense told the girl (who represents the totality of Israel) that Resistance is futile. Give into the Empire. Death is the final acceptance of the Empire. The narration would lead us to believe that the political and social setbacks brought on by the Empire were not terminal. Israel, who some supposed pundits pronounced as dead, sprung back into action: defiant and resilient! Jesus has full command over death and in fact he possessed the final word. (Recall Mark’s use of the literary tool, the “Messianic Secret.” Jesus commanded the people to remain silent about what happened). The narrative concludes with Jesus re-integrating Israel by saying, “Talitha cum!”
This past week a series of Supreme Court decisions and the continuing crisis of refugee families at the border and their poor treatment by the government — and the announced retirement of Justice Kennedy — left many people stunned, disillusioned and fearful. Some have said that even their belief in this country died this week. Given what we have just read and what is happening around us, is there a role that people of faith can take on at this moment? Yes! There is something that can and should be done. As people who believe in Jesus-as-the-Christ, we must encourage those who think of themselves as nothing more than victims, to have faith in themselves. We cannot be the pundits of the status quo offering the soulless commentary of defeat, “Why bother the teacher any more, your daughter is dead.” “Why bother turning out to the streets to protest? Your voice doesn’t matter.” “Your vote doesn’t count.” “What you do now makes no difference to those in power.” We must take on the voice that defies, resists, and stands up to the condescending voice of reason. We must be the voice of audacious hope! “Talitha cum!”
On this Sunday before Independence Day, let us remember that our nations mothers and fathers who refused to bow down to a mad monarch. The people will rise up. They will take it to the streets, to the halls of congress, and to the voting booth. Like Israel, we Americans living in this time of political madness must get up, stand up and fight. ¡Viva la Resistencia! ¡Viva la Causa! ¡Viva la Independencia!
Weekly Intercessions
This week the United States celebrates its independence from England. At the time, English colonists living along the eastern coast of present day United States, forged a declaration of self-governance. This declaration set in motion the movement to create a new kind of nation: a nation not built upon the premise of privilege and monarchy, but a nation built on the concept that people can govern themselves. The notion of self-governance did not come about in a time of economic and social stability. The political landscape in the years leading up to the declaration of self-governance was volatile and dangerous. The government was highly intrusive in the lives of the citizens. Newspapers, then the only form of communication, was controlled by government. Only favorable stories about the British Empire and the Monarchy were featured. Business ventures owned by the Monarchy and the crown’s loyal associates dominated the marketplace. Mad King George ran his Empire like a petulant child. The legions of the British Empire patrolled the larger cities looking for “disloyal” dissidents and trouble makers. In the midst of this turmoil, people began gathering to plan demonstrations against the Tyrant King George. Uprisings popped up and a declaration of self-rule, the Declaration of Independence, was drafted and signed by leaders from the colonies and promulgated throughout the Eastern seaboard. We must remember that the movement for independence was founded as a reaction to commercial ventures that benefited only the Monarchy and the upper class; a manipulative media that was uncritical of the Empire; and a proto-fascist police force that terrorized the population. Given that context, would the mothers and fathers of the American Revolution recognize the patterns of oppression in today’s America? Would they shudder at Fox News? Would they demand investigations and even impeachment? Let us pray for the heart and soul of this country in a time of domestic tyranny and that the fire of Revolution never be extinguished!
Intercesiónes semanales
Esta semana, Estados Unidos celebra su independencia de Inglaterra. En ese momento, los colonos ingleses que vivían en la costa este de los Estados Unidos, forjaron una declaración de autogobierno. Esta declaración puso en marcha el movimiento para crear un nuevo tipo de nación: una nación no construida sobre la premisa del privilegio y la monarquía, sino una nación construida sobre el concepto de que las personas pueden gobernarse a sí mismas. La noción de autogobierno no se produjo en un momento de estabilidad económica y social. El panorama político en los años previos a la declaración de autogobierno fue volátil y peligroso. El gobierno fue muy intrusivo en la vida de los ciudadanos. Los periódicos, entonces la única forma de comunicación, estaban controlados por el gobierno. Solo se presentaron historias favorables sobre el Imperio Británico y la Monarquía. Las empresas comerciales propiedad de la Monarquía y los socios leales de la corona dominaban el mercado. El loco Rey Jorge dirigía su Imperio como un niño petulante. Las legiones del Imperio Británico patrullaban las ciudades más grandes en busca de disidentes y traficantes “desleales”. En medio de esta confusión, la gente comenzó a reunirse para planear manifestaciones contra Tyrant King George. Surgieron protestas y una declaración de autogobierno, la Declaración de Independencia, fue redactada y firmada por los líderes de las colonias y promulgada a lo largo de la costa este. Debemos recordar que el movimiento por la independencia se fundó como una reacción a empresas comerciales que beneficiaban solo a la Monarquía y la clase alta; un medio manipulador que no era crítico del Imperio; y una fuerza de policía proto-fascista que aterrorizó a la población. Dado ese contexto, ¿las madres y los padres de la Revolución Americana reconocerían los patrones de opresión en la América de hoy? ¿Se estremecerían en Fox News? ¿Exigirían investigaciones e incluso juicio político? ¡Oremos por el corazón y el alma de este país en un tiempo de tiranía doméstica y que el fuego de la Revolución nunca se extinga!
Reflexión del domingo: La Verdadera Liberación El texto del evangelio de este domingo proviene de Marcos 5: 21-43. El evangelio nos lleva a dos historias curativas: la hija de 12 años de Jairo y una mujer que sufrió una hemorragia de 12 años. No es insignificante para la historia la ubicación de la narración: el lado judío del lago de Galilea. Jesús dejó el lado del lago que habían sido colonizados por gente que no son judíos traídos a la región por el Imperio como peones. Antes de la escena con Jairo, Jesús había enviado a la Legión, los espíritus inmundos, a la manada de cerdos. Esta hazaña fue registrada por el evangelista S Marcos como una referencia no tan sutil a la Resistencia. “Legión”, el nombre del espíritu inmundo, es también una referencia a los 6,000 soldados en el ejército del Imperio Romano. La historia de lanzar Legión a los cerdos expresó la creencia de que Dios destruirá el Imperio y establecerá en su lugar, el Reino de Dios. Los porcinos, que eran inmigrantes no judíos que se establecieron a la fuerza en Galilea por el Imperio, desplazaron granjas judías. Los porquerizos, una parte de la maquinaria del Imperio, no reaccionaron bien cuando Jesús expulsó al demonio, la Legión, en su manada. El versículo 17 dice que le suplicaron a Jesús que se fuera de su vecindario. Jesús se fue y aquí es donde recogemos las dos historias de sanación de hoy.
La narración comienza con Jesús en sus pueblos judíos y, justo cuando llega, recibe la noticia de la hija de Jairo. Al leer este pasaje a través del lente de la Resistencia, uno podría suponer que la hija de Jairo representa a la gente, Israel. No muy diferente de la Legión que poseía a un hombre inocente, Israel estaba poseído por el Imperio y su gente sentía el peso del Imperio presionando sobre su cofre colectivo.
En su camino a la casa de Jairo, Jesús fue interrumpido por una gran multitud que había oído del trabajo de Jesús al exorcizar demonios y curar a los enfermos. En este punto, la narración presenta a una mujer que sufrió una hemorragia de 12 años de duración. Recordemos que la sangre para los judíos (y otras religiones antiguas en este region) contiene la fuerza vital de un individuo y porque la sangre se considera sagrada, el derramamiento de sangre siempre debe hacerse con cuidado y con una intención clara y pura. Es por eso que antes de quitarle la vida a otra criatura, se ofrecerían oraciones para aclarar la intención del derrame de sangre.
La sangre extraída de un animal en el contexto del sacrificio ritual se consideraba la forma más elevada de sacrificio porque la sangre del animal representaba el estado original de inocencia al que nacieron las primeras personas humanas. Para restaurar a la familia humana al estado original de inocencia, el sumo sacerdote sacrificaría un animal en el altar mayor y usaría la sangre para rociar el altar y aquellos que buscan el perdón. Debido a que los animales no cometen pecado, su sangre es pura. Y la eficacia de un sacrificio ritual de perdón dependía de sangre pura e inocente que, por lo tanto, excluiría a las personas con “sangre en sus manos” (incluida, y muy especialmente, la sangre menstrual). Esta mujer que tenía un flujo continuo de sangre durante 12 años, por lo tanto, no podría recibir el perdón mediante el sacrificio ritual en el Templo de Jerusalén. Ahora usemos el lente de Resistencia y volvamos a visitar a la mujer con la hemorragia. Esta mujer, sin culpa propia, estaba literalmente sangrando porque fue atrapada en un sistema de opresión sin culpa propia.
Con la esperanza de que Jesús fuera el Mesías (el salvador de Israel que conduciría a la gente a la verdadera libertad), extendió la mano y tocó la capa de Jesús en un acto de esperanza desafiante. Al tocar la capa de Jesús, ella estaba tocando el manto de la verdadera libertad. Usar la lente de la lente de Resistencia nos permite ver a la mujer como una figura fuerte de la Resistencia en lugar de una víctima o una figura digna de lástima. Definitivamente no estaba actuando desde un lugar de desesperación, sino más bien, un lugar de valentía.
La hemorragia de la mujer se detuvo inmediatamente cuando tocó la capa de Jesús. ¿Se dio cuenta la mujer de que su libertad dependía de su decisión desafiante de ir más allá de la condición de víctima y asumir la postura de una persona de la Resistencia? La mujer se acercó a Jesús con temor y temblor, no porque temía a Jesús, ¡sino porque ella tenía la llave de su propia liberación! ¡Su elección! Jesús afirmó esto al decir: “Hija, tu fe te ha sanado; vete en paz y cúrate de tu enfermedad”. Los que viven a la sombra del Imperio necesitan saber que el primer paso de la libertad depende de la decisión de creer en uno mismo. ¡Somos libres en el momento en que creemos que somos libres!
En ese momento preciso en que la mujer se dio cuenta de su propia libertad, a Jairo, que había estado acompañando a Jesús, le dijeron que su hija había muerto. En respuesta a la creciente nube de tristeza, Jesús dijo: “No temas, solo cree”. Jesús desafió la muerte y le dijo a la niña: “¡Niña, levántate!” Vuelve al pasaje y léelo con la lente de resistencia. Verás un patrón familiar de desafío. El sentido común le dijo a la niña (que representa a la totalidad de Israel) que la resistencia es inútil. Ceder al Imperio. La muerte es la aceptación final del Imperio. La narración nos llevaría a creer que los reveses políticos y sociales provocados por el Imperio no fueron terminales. Israel, que algunos supuestos expertos pronunciaron como muertos, volvió a la acción: ¡desafiante y resistente! Jesús tiene dominio total sobre la muerte y, de hecho, poseía la última palabra. (Recuerde el uso de Mark de la herramienta literaria, el “Secreto mesiánico”. Jesús ordenó a la gente que permaneciera en silencio sobre lo que sucedió). La narrativa concluye con Jesús reintegrando a Israel diciendo: “¡Talitha cum!”
La semana pasada, una serie de decisiones de la Corte Suprema y la continua crisis de las familias de refugiados en la frontera y su mal trato por parte del gobierno — y el anunciado retiro del Juez Kennedy— dejaron a muchas personas atónitas, desilusionadas y temerosas. Algunos han dicho que incluso su creencia en este país murió esta semana. Dado lo que acabamos de leer y lo que está sucediendo a nuestro alrededor, ¿hay algún rol que las personas de fe puedan asumir en este momento? ¡Sí! Hay algo que puede y debe hacerse. Como personas que creen en Jesús como Cristo, debemos alentar a quienes se consideran a sí mismos como nada más que víctimas, a tener fe en sí mismos. No podemos ser los expertos del status quo que ofrece el desalmado comentario de la derrota: “¿Por qué molestar más al maestro? Su hija está muerta”. “¿Por qué molestarse en salir a la calle a protestar? Tu voz no importa “.” Tu voto no cuenta .” “Lo que haces ahora no hace ninguna diferencia para aquellos en el poder “. Debemos asumir la voz que desafía, resiste y se pone de pie ante la voz condescendiente de razón. ¡Debemos ser la voz de la esperanza audaz! “Talitha cum!”
En este domingo anterior al Día de la Independencia, recordemos que nuestras naciones madres y padres que rechazaron inclinarse ante un monarca loco. La gente se levantará. Lo llevarán a las calles, a los pasillos del congreso y a la cabina de votación. Al igual que Israel, los estadounidenses que vivimos en este momento de locura política debemos levantarnos, ponernos de pie y luchar. ¡Viva la Resistencia! ¡Viva la Causa! ¡Viva la Independencia! Interview with one of our LGBTQIA community members
Last week Pride Sunday was celebrated in San Francisco and one of our community members, Vanessa, shared her story with me. In Grupo Solidaridad we must find a way to stand with everyone or we stand with no one. Here is her story:
How do you wish to be identified and why is it important people claim that identity?
I am a cisgender lesbian woman of color. I have intersectional identities that define who I am as an individual. I point out that I am cisgender because I recognize the privilege I have over my transgender brothers and sisters. For the LGBTQIA community, identity and how one identifies one’s self is extremely important because it validates and affirms one’s existence. For people unfamiliar with our community the terms and labels can seem confusing or even an unnecessary hassle. But when you consider how much our community has been persecuted, tortured and killed, you may start to empathize and understand why we need to fight for our mere existence in a world that has tried to exterminate us.
How do you hold your multiple identities together: as a member of the LGBTQIA Community, as a mother, and as a Catholic?
I live my life knowing that I am a child of God and that God loves me unconditionally. No matter how much hate comes my way (because I am Mexican, because I am a woman, because I am a Lesbian, because I have children and a wife)… I know that I am loved and that I work daily to let that love shine through my words and my actions with others. I know that some people (both straight and LGBTQIA) question how I can be a Catholic and a lesbian…. but I can only stay true to my faith and what I believe to be true. I strongly believe in social justice for all people and I try to work to make a difference for all marginalized people.
Tell me what brought your family back to the Catholic church? And what does it mean to you to bring your spouse and children to Grupo Solidaridad?
When I met my wife Margaret 17 years ago, one of the things that really made us connect was that we both were Catholic. I never thought that I would meet another lesbian who identified as Catholic. After being together for a while, we never really found a church that we felt comfortable attending together. Our comadre told us about a mission statement in St. Julie’s Church that was inclusive and named LGBTQIA as being welcome to the church. I did not believe her. She made us go to church with her and after meeting with the people in that church and Father Jon, we finally felt welcomed. The leadership at the church really trickles down to the community. It makes a huge difference in providing a safe space for everyone to feel welcome. We have been to other churches and have noticed that some are more welcoming than others. We are thankful for the leadership of our Pope and feel he has helped make a big difference in people loving and accepting their LGBTQIA brothers and sisters. Grupo is important because I believe the people there are working to fight for justice and equality. I appreciate the work they are doing to be inclusive and welcoming of the LGBTQIA community.
Can you tell us why it’s important for all of us in Grupo Solidaridad to recognize Pride celebrations? When is San José’s pride celebration? It is in your name “Solidaridad”. If you are truly working in solidarity with people who are marginalized then it is important to put that in action. By acknowledging San Jose’s Pride celebration, you are putting your faith in action and are showing your brothers and sisters that you love them unconditionally and without judgement. IMPORTANT FAQ LINK FROM ILRC REGARDING DACA ** (
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Family Separation The issue of family separation continues to intensify with a number of congressional leaders condemning the increasing use of the tactic. The policy, originally announced on May 7th by the Trump Administration, calls for all families crossing the border to be prosecuted. The result of this policy means parents are incarcerated while their children are taken away and sent to family members or foster care centers for long periods of time.
In response to this practice, Catholic Charities USA President and CEO Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, wrote to the Secretary of Homeland Security expressing CCUSA’s opposition to the policy of separating children from parents.
“As a clinical psychologist, I have also seen the consequences that not having a parent can have on a child, and it is deeply troubling that the administration has chosen to create a generation of traumatized children in the name of border security. Surely as a nation we can debate the best way to secure our border without resorting to creating life-long trauma for children, some of whom are mere toddlers.” You can read the full letter ** here ( .
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