Well well well. Come to Africa then..
I suggest we think of those groups whom (some of) the leadership of the Church appears to consider – and most importantly, acts as if they are – outside of God’s favor, outside of receiving and manifesting the gifts of the Holy Spirit: lesbians, gay men, transgender folks, women who feel called to the priesthood, the divorced – you get the point.
—In the first reading for today (the Sixth Sunday of Easter), Peter, as a Jew, speaks of his realization that “God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears God and acts uprightly is acceptable to God.” As Peter pronounces this freshly revealed piece of wisdom, the Holy Spirit falls upon the listening Gentiles, and the Jews accompanying Peter are astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit should have been poured out on the uncircumcised, “for they could hear them speaking in…
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