theology

Love drives out fear on this Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

By Sister Diana Rawlings, ASC

It is not a coincidence that the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17) occurs during the Easter season.

In the post-Resurrection stories, Jesus’ consistent message is “do not be afraid.” Why this message against fear and not another proclamation?

Jesus knew that people react in fear to something unknown or an idea that crashes their belief system. For example, Jesus’ friends and disciples reacted in fear when he stood before them as proof of his Resurrection.

Phobia is an extreme fear of a particular thing or situation,

Fire, Wind, Words of Pentecost

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

The reading from the Acts of the Apostles for the feast of Pentecost describes the cowering disciples, huddled together and totally confused about what will happen to the followers of Jesus.

Then the fireworks begin.

  • There’s wind, tongues of fire, sounds of many languages, and a lot of milling around, with the disciples eager to get outside to speak to a gathering crowd.
  • It becomes a reverse tower of Babel, since the people outside understand the message, even if they don’t comprehend the language about “the mighty acts of God.”

God’s good Spirit comes in many ways;