It’s more than the Clippers & Donald Sterling; it’s about you, me and all the rest of us

Racism has once again made ugly headlines because of the remarks by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling.  Much has been rightly said.  These remarks are unacceptable, ignorant, wrong, bad, degrading, etc…  Many others can be added, but these make the point.   I can reinforce from our Catholic perspective that treating and speaking about any race or ethnicity in a degrading and inferior way violates our core belief that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God and worthy of dignity and respect.

Now that the NBA Commissioner has announced his decision, there might be a tendency to consider the case closed or to debate whether or not this punishment is sufficient or not.

But that focus would also be wrong and akin to having blinders on.  Our Catholic tradition rooted in the Bible warns us to not get fixated on other people’s failings, but rather to look at ourselves and clean up our own house.  It is much easier to look around and see what is wrong elsewhere.

This very visible ugliness that the media is focusing on should provoke us to look more carefully at one’s own attitudes and actions and at the culture of our institutions and organizations.  I more than suspect there is work to be done here.

See remarks that I made the Pierre Toussaint Dinner last September

The Lord’s Prayer: Twelve Tips for The Lord’s Prayer, Phrase-by-Phrase – “For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory, Forever and Ever”

11.         For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory, Forever and Ever

Go, God!

Peace, happiness, fulfillment and understanding are yours,

When and where they show up,

your son and his kingdom tag along – even now

Remember I prayed at the beginning: “thy kingdom come?”

Help me calm down (not so easy) and

be drawn peacefully (harder still)

into the mystery of your kingdom’s power and glory –

here and now on earth.

You made me; you saved me; you love me.

Let me bask in you power and glory forever,

But now too.

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Judy Coode

Judy Coode

This week Monsignor Sullivan celebrates Holy Week with Judy Coode, of Marynoll’s Office for Global Concern about their Stations of the Cross Procession in Washington DC and reflects on the significance of each station in today’s society.

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer: Twelve Tips for The Lord’s Prayer, Phrase-by-Phrase – “But Deliver Us from Evil”

10.        But Deliver Us From Evil

Please keep me out of evil’s way:

the every day personal ones

Like acting mean and selfish,

cheating, not helping a friend and a lot of other things.

But, Father there’s more –

I not only asking for me, but for all of us.

And ‘‘all of us” together got some big devils stalking us

that we need to be rid of:

Violence, famine, inequality,

abject poverty, so many “ism’s”

Hey, big guy!  How about some deliverance from these?

Hope I’m not being disrespectful, but…

God, you gotta do a better job!

The Lord’s Prayer: Twelve Tips for The Lord’s Prayer, Phrase-by-Phrase – “Lead Us Not Into Temptation”

9.  Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Really!!

You’re such a Debbie Downer.

Temptations can be exciting. Sometimes it’s fun to play with fire.

Do you want me to be boring?

Didn’t Jesus hang out with sinners?

By now you’re reckoned I’m more arguing than praying this one.

You put me in the world and you told to light up its darkness and shadows.

But isn’t that where temptations lurk?

I think I get it.  I’m weak and can’t resist some bad things.

So it’s better to not to be led there.

But I’m pretty sure it’s not so simple or

Maybe, I just disagree.

Do you really only want me to play it safe?

We’re gonna have to talk more about this one!!

The Lord’s Prayer: Twelve Tips for The Lord’s Prayer, Phrase-by-Phrase – “Forgive Us Our Trespasses, As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us”

8. Forgive Us Our Trespasses,

As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us

 

I like the word “trespass:” – a neat grown-up word for mess-ups –

But better, it’s so non-threatening!

 Like a kid crossing a neighbor’s property to chase a ball

Other words scare me: evil, sin,  meanness, selfishness, damage.

God, as long as we keep this between us, I’ll cop to some to doing of those bad things

So, I’ll take the deal. It seems fair.

Forgive my mess-ups and I’ll forgive those who have messed me up.

But I’m gonna need your help to close my side of the deal.

 By the way, one final thing,

could you also help me to forgive myself?

Sometimes that’s real hard.

Thanks.

The Lord’s Prayer: Twelve Tips for The Lord’s Prayer, Phrase-by-Phrase – “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”

 

7.   Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Today’s prayer for today’s needs!!

Jesus taught “the power of now” – well before contemporary gurus.

No accruals from yesterday. No deferrals for tomorrow.

Pretty sly of you, God! You know how to keep your power base.

Tomorrow I’ll have to ask you again.

But you know my A.D.D. distractions, my impatience when you don’t answer right away and my insecurity that you might not be there tomorrow…

So, I have an idea. Why can’t I make one big prayer payment for the month – like I pay my bills?

Umm – I don’t see you nodding, yes.

Well, then please help me to trust your way and turn to you anew each day.

Give me the bread that fulfills my hopes and heals my hurts – today.

I’ll be back tomorrow!!

The Lord’s Prayer: Twelve Tips for The Lord’s Prayer, Phrase-by-Phrase – “On Earth As It Is In Heaven”

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6.    On Earth As It Is In Heaven

 

Earth, my hood; Heaven, your hood

Your hood’s far away and perfect – Mine’s in my face and flawed

I want my earth to be like your heaven – and I don’t want to wait until I die.

So when you walk with me on my earthly journey – as you promised you would!

Don’t come empty handed, bring some of heaven’s bling: happiness and glory.

But I warn you. Me and hood’s my people are going to want to steal them.

But I’m betting you’ll share them – at least a bit.

The Lord’s Prayer: Twelve Tips for The Lord’s Prayer, Phrase-by-Phrase – “Thy Will be Done”


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5. Thy Will Be Done

 

Two problems with this one:

# 1 I want to do my will…

but, o.k. you’re God and so you win –

even if I don’t like it and it’s  hard.

# 2 What is your will?  (this is the tricky one)

Is this a “tough love” or “tender kindness” day.

Your boy Jesus had both –

whips for the money changes in the Temple, and  mercy for the woman caught in adultery.

So Father, with my family, my friends my colleagues, my clients etc. etc.

What do you want from me?

Speak up – let me know what you want and I’ll try….