Firme, Adelante

Firme, Adelante

BY TOMI KORSA | November 13, 2023
Sunday’s Readings

I am feeling so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the 2023 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. On Sunday afternoon, keynote speaker Ellie Hidalgo of Discerning Deacons shared about the Synod on Synodality, St. Phoebe, and the example of the women of Dolores Mission Catholic Church and the Amazon rainforest region. She spoke of the need for greater participation of women in leadership roles in the Church and reminded us of the words that Pope Francis shared with young people at World Youth Day: that in the Church there is room for todos todos todos!

In this week’s Gospel passage, Jesus urges us to stay awake, remain vigilant, and keep our lamps lit and full of oil. As I stood at the back of the IFTJ ballroom listening to Ellie’s speech, I could not help but feel the energy exuding from all of the attendees whenever she offered us a glimmer of hope for a greater role for women in our Church. The joy, applause, and hope were loud and clear.

This ballroom was filled with students, educators, and ministers who were fully awake and whose lamps were full and fully lit! They stood up and clapped and shouted as a witness to the Holy Spirit working among us. With their lamps in hand, they were ready and eager to be agents of positive change in our Church and in the world. Moreover, they were willing to share their oil with one another. I certainly arrived with my lamp running low and left with my lamp full and with oil to share.

Ellie and all of the folks of IFTJ preach and live the prophetic truth that there will always be enough oil to share as long as we listen to the Spirit and journey together toward a more loving, just, and compassionate world. With lamps in hand and plenty of oil to go around, we can go forward with the words Pope Francis shared with Ellie and her delegation in Rome at the start of the global synod process.

Firme, adelante.

For Reflection:

  • What replenishes the metaphorical oil in your lamp?
  • How can you be a part of making the Church a place for “todos, todos, todos” (everyone, everyone, everyone)?

[Editor’s Note: You can watch Ellie Hidalgo’s keynote address at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice here. The full playlist of mainstage speakers can be also be found here!]

3 replies
  1. sonja
    sonja says:

    Filling the metaphorical oil is being childlike and being aware of God all around us and then doing small things with great love. Treating all as if they were Jesus and striving to be Jesus to all.

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

    Diwali is the festival of lights. Sharing light with fellow travelers on journey is a beautiful experience.

  3. Dr Eileen Quin Knight
    Dr Eileen Quin Knight says:

    As we continue to belong to serve and to share, I see many speaking with each other about the gift of Alpha and what it has meant in their lives. Alpha is a program in which we get to know Jesus better by getting to know each other and Jesus’s life. I know that the people taking this program are truly transformed and deeply caring about their service to others whether it is bringing food to Kingberry and Chicago or giving coupons around town so people have enough food. I feel foolish saying have enough food as we have that -we just need some equitable way to disperse the resources in our world. As more and more people serve we know that this equity will take place.


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