Andrew's Net

Catching your attention and connecting the world

a space for prayers, stories, poems, and offerings that forge community.  Submissions welcome.

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Lockdown

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighbourhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

to touch across the empty square,

Sing.

– Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM March 13th 2020

May 31, 2020

Of Pentecost and pinwheels

The story of Pentecost is in Acts 2 and John 20--two different explanations of how the Holy Spirit empowers disciples to continue Jesus' mission of comforting, healing, encouraging, and challenging people to make God's Reign known here and how, in this world.

Here's a slide show of my sermon celebrating the work of the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is whimsical--enjoy pinwheels and see the effect of wind we cannot see on its own!

 

May 30, 2020

Help. Violence is escalating, says the press. Yes, violence in the streets and in the police and military and in presidential rhetoric. Looting must be stopped. Yes, looting in the streets and looting in in systematically less pay for equal jobs for people of color and looting of income generated by racially determined housing opportunities.

Law and order must prevail. No, not until the laws and the order imposed are also not unfairly directed only at people of color and those raising questions of justice for people of color. Law and order has been code for keeping people of color "in their place" since the founding of this nation.

The fault lines are once more clear. The racial divide is again exposed. We, people of good will, we the legislators, we the police, we the employers have another choice--to clamp down on subjugation of people of color or to take steps to dismantle the systemic racism in this nation's DNA. Where will we go from here?

White folks of good will have some real work to do to keep each other from turning away, to do the homework around awareness of systemic racism even when we have the ability, because of privilege, to deny or claim ignorance or refuse to acknowledge the ugly truth.

Watch for more information about a book study, which feels pathetic in the face of so much violence and sin and tragedy. Pray. The Holy Spirit is on the move, spreading peace, and freedom, and truth, and genuine community.

May 8, 2020

 How do you remind yourself of your core values? Maybe a period of time in prayer, or journaling, or talking with a friend daily, or vision boards, or reflection on life before and after the pandemic, might reveal new or ancient but unattended longings.

May 6, 2020

I’m concerned about how disproportionately both the disease and the opening will affect the most vulnerable people in our nation.  Looking at the rates of illness and loss of life in refugee camps, detention centers, prisons, nursing homes, I become deeply afraid that the COVID pandemic reveals a systemic attack on people of color, poor people, and people already on the edge, building on existing social and economic habits of oppression, neglect, and denial.   Systemic and prolonged attacks on the planet have been well documented, until my environmentalist friends are in despair.  And yet, part of resurrection faith is attending to death and cruelty and injustice, on the cross and in daily life, and then finding ways to keep bearing witness to life and compassion and justice.

Pick your favorite cause.  Pray about it daily.  Look for one way to reach out to public officials, or organizations, or formal and informal networks, to make your voice heard.  Find the stories and the data to share with others, and in so doing new possibilities for life-giving action may emerge.  “Go and tell” the good news of Jesus, who we will meet on the way to Galilee.

April 22, 2020

50 years of Earth Day celebrations--we have made some progress!  COVID restrictions are also cleaning our environment, let's pray that some of the useful habits of earth care continue.

Here's Evening Prayer from April 22, an interweaving of Stations of the Resurrection and prayers for the earth.

Our patron was a fisherman, brother to simon peter.  The tradition shares that jesus was walking along the sea of galilee, and he called andrew and peter to become "Fishers of people."  the nets andrew used in the context of making his living serve as a serendipitous metaphor in the inter'net' age of the 21st century.