Day 30: The Ancestors We Are Called to Be

BY AMANDA MONTEZ | March 18, 2021
Today’s Readings

In April, I was opening up Zoom for another Friday evening graduate class at University of San Francisco from the comfort of my desk. In one of our last classes, my professor asked a question that still rings in my ears: What type of ancestor do you need to be right now? I was a first year graduate student studying anti-racist education and a teacher during a dual pandemic. I was a stressed, scared, and exhausted ancestor. 

The Ancestors We Are Called to Be

Looking at the readings for the day, I am reminded of the ancestors we are called to be. May we be ancestors who relent and forgive as God did. May we not cause the sins of the parents to affect the children, the future generations. May we be the ancestors who dare to dream bigger than the generations before us. May we be the ancestors to identify and challenge the inequities of our world. May we be ancestors who steer clear of false idols, of the temptations and distractions that will inevitably come our way. May we see and name the false idol of power and privilege in our everyday lives. May we be undistracted as we build a better tomorrow, one that unabashedly resembles the Kingdom and remains in mystery as we’ve yet to create it. May we be the ancestors grounded in trust, truth, and justice. May we never lose faith in something that we have yet to see. 

A year of quarantine has taught me to be the ancestor that shows up, that makes space to listen more than I speak, that trusts in my voice even when it shakes. May we do the work now that will lay a strong foundation for future generations. 

For Reflection:

  • Pause for a moment and imagine the future. What might a world grounded in trust, truth, and justice look like?
  • How, specifically, are you being called to “be an ancestor” who works to create this future?
2 replies
  1. Dr Eileen Quinn Knight
    Dr Eileen Quinn Knight says:

    I think frequently, about what kind of an ancestor I am. My five grandchildren are under 6. They are under the guidance of adult parents who are more compassionate and less racist than most of my generation. My sons and daughters-in-law do not share negative thoughts about others but truly encourage each other in their jobs or lives! This is a great way to transform our world in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus, Mother Mary and St. Joseph are certainly worthy of imitation. They bring goodness and kindness to all they meet.
    As a person that thanks God for my humanity, I want to give my ancestors the joy of living a life in union with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The social justice I leave is one that is not judgmental or punitive but rather life-giving and just. This slowly and carefully transforms the world into a place of love for all not matter who they are or what they are doing.

  2. Dr.Cajetan Coelho
    Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    In the realm of faith and justice, Saint Ignatius of Loyola continues to inspire men and women of goodwill to be good Samaritans. The Ignatian Solidarity Network through its activities and writings is caring forward the spirit of Ignatius. A whole network of AMDG aspirants is coming up in every nook and corner of the universe. That’s a fine generation of ancestors who will act as leaven in the transformation of our way of proceeding.


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