I wake up in a holding cell
Ten feet deep into the ground.
Jesus sits across from me.
How could they have arrested this man?
I was there when he
Proclaimed a year of favor
Healed the sick
Restored sight to the blind
Made communities whole again.
I tell Jesus, “I want to know you.”
He responds, “You are in the right place.”
With him. In prison.
I go back to this holding cell, again and again.
To meet him – in David, Robert, Khalil, Anabel.
I walk into the church, sit down, open the program.
Presider: Bishop Joan Houk
My first thought: I shouldn’t be here!
My second thought: I’m so glad I’m here!
Janine is here.
She is alive – in light, dance, music.
Five days earlier, she died of colon cancer.
In five weeks as a priest, she was too sick to celebrate Mass.
Bishop Joan begins,
“Janine planned this liturgy as her First Mass.
And all of you are concelebrating with her.”
God is showing me what the church will be.
It is Good News – a gift to share with the world.