Sunday’s first reading surprises me because we see Abraham rising up to defend the people of Sodom and Gomorrah against God’s possible retribution for their grave sins. Abraham lays it all on the line, pressing and persisting with God until God’s justice and mercy is more fully revealed—with even 10 good people in the city, God will spare the entire city.
It’s one of those crucial conversations in which the banter between Abraham and God clarifies a bit more the nature of God’s universe—one in which forgiveness is possible. It’s a stunning revelation. And it gets confirmed in the Gospel reading when Jesus centers forgiving one another as God forgives us in the prayer he gives us.
This July has brought more stunning revelations about the nature of our early universe with the release of the NASA photos from the new groundbreaking Webb telescope. Webb operations project scientist at NASA Goddard Jane Rigby has been quoted widely in the press:
“The universe has (always) been out there. We just had to build a telescope to go see what was there. Yeah, very similar feeling of, maybe, people in a broken world managing to do something right and to see some of the majesty that is out there.”
Even in our current deeply broken world we keep persisting and rising up, and with God’s grace, manage to do something right. And God’s beauty and majesty are suddenly revealed in ways much greater than we ever expected or understood before.
Can we dare to believe that we will be enough and that God’s love for us will be enough to sustain us on our human pilgrim journey barreling through the cosmos and co-creating the reign of God? We just might have this.
Ellie Hidalgo co-directs Discerning Deacons, a project dedicated to contributing to the Catholic Church’s discernment about admitting women to the diaconate and to creating a more synodal, listening, participatory Church. Previously, she served as pastoral associate at Dolores Mission Church and School in Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, CA. Ellie received her master’s in pastoral theology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Ellie Hidalgo co-dirige Discerning Deacons (discerniendo el diaconado), un proyecto dedicado al discernimiento de la Iglesia Católica sobre la admisión de las mujeres al diaconado y a la creación de una Iglesia más sinodal, de escucha y participación. Anteriormente, sirvió como asociada pastoral en la Iglesia y Escuela Misión Dolores en Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, CA. Ellie recibió su maestría en teología pastoral de la Universidad Loyola Marymount en Los Angeles.