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A Message from Pastor Schwalbe -May 2019Pastor Schwalbe
 

On Saturday night I heard Father Gregory Boyle speak in Greenwich, CT. We have been reading his book Tattoos on the Heart in bible study. Father Boyle has worked for over thirty years with gangs in Los Angeles and started what is considered the biggest gang intervention program in the world. One of the things Father Boyle talked about on Saturday was how Jesus' ministry went to people on the margins. And he stressed how God calls us to do the same. To make sure those who are made expendable or unimportant in our world are given worth and love. "BUT," he said, "when you do this, watch out. Because people will tell you that you are wasting your time." I cannot get that out of my head. The truth of it rings so deeply. How much of what really matters in the world - the love we give, the time we share, the people that we reach out to - does our "productive country" tell us is a "waste of time?" I remember once sitting with an elderly woman of our congregation who told me, "Pastor. I am sure you have more important places to be." She assumed that my being with her was a waste of my time. It was not. And no time we spend caring for our souls or the souls of others is ever wasted. So don't let the world tell you otherwise. Inspired by Fr. Boyle, I might just see how much time I can waste this month. Who's with me?