BY ELLIE HIDALGO | March 27, 2021
Today’s Readings

Can we open our hearts in the global north to the movement of the Spirit in the global south? 

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus is being criticized by the religious leaders of his day for disrupting their established order. In fear, they convince themselves that the only way to keep their authority is to plot to kill Jesus. Their hearts are closed to the new thing the Holy Spirit is doing in their midst. 

Spirit's Movement, Amazon

This reading challenges us to ask ourselves if there are places in our lives where we reject the movement of the Spirit. Are our hearts open to the disruption the Spirit may cause as we discern the changes we must make to transform our lives and our world? 

Recently, I’ve listened to the stories of Catholic women engaged in ministry with faith communities in the Amazon region of Latin America. They are part of the massive effort to create a more synodal, listening, participatory Church that unites in its struggle for an integral ecology to care for our common home. In the Amazon, which encompasses parts of Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia, and French Guiana, they are committed to spreading the culture of buen vivir (good living) which seeks to live with roots of love for all people and in harmony with God’s creation.

Are we in the global north ready to journey in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the global south? The Amazon Synod invites people of faith to be attentive to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our times and to listen to and dialogue with poor and indigenous people as they labor to sustain the rainforest and preserve the lungs of our planet. In faith, and not fear, they urge us to pray and to discern the changes we must make individually and collectively to be in right relationship with one another and with our common home. 

For Reflection: 

  1.   How can I, as a person of faith living in the U.S., open my heart to the movement of the Holy Spirit in the Amazonian Church?  
  2.   What does encounter, dialogue, discernment, and solidarity look like for me in these times? 

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    Dr Eileen Quinn Knight says:

    The Amazonian Church calls me to those issues that can transform the earth. Simple transformation by each of us will help the planet to survive. Maybe I can redirect my resoursces so that fossil fuels will be less and less – I will find a car that utilizes electrical power. I will support my Amazonian followers of Christ and find significant ways to reverse the consumption of the planet.I will encourage others to be less materialistic and share the plentitude of my life with others so that they can live in peace with their families. My plentiful resources will go to the homeless for a place to sleep, to the marginalized so that they can have food, for mental health resources so people can live somewhat in tranquility. My solidarity is to at one with others in our path toward love, goodness, peace and understanding of how to share our lives with others. We ask you this through the wisdom of God the Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit.

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    Cat says:

    Hello, what a beautifully written piece! However, Colombia is misspelled. As a Colombian it’s important to make sure that my beautiful country is properly represented. Thank you!

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      Dear Cat, I'm sorry I mispelled your beautiful country's name! The typo slipped by me. I will ask ISN to make the correction to Colombia. Thank you for letting me know! says:

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    Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    The Spirit is all pervading. Resisting the Spirit is futile. Best is to cooperate with the workings of the Spirit and spend the rest of our days in peace, solidarity and harmony with nature and culture.

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    Liz McCloskey says:

    Ellie–loved hearing you speak at the Women Who Stay, and so appreciate how much you value women’s contributions and leadership in our Church. Thanks for this piece.

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