Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Occupy this Place

I've written some negative things about the Occupy movement, referring to them as "OccuHippies" in the past.  I don't back down from that, however having spent some time in the Occupy Windsor camp I have come to appreciated the community, even to enjoy their company.  Frankly, I can't wait to get back.

No matter what they stand for, they are doomed to failure, or limited success at best.  Why?  Because they do not have Christ at the centre of their cause.  Yes, I know the camp is populated by Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists, and some are very committed and cool people, and the movement isn't faith driven, but they are destined to be less than they could be.  Simply said, they don't follow Christ.

This peaceful revolution should have begun in our Catholic churches, and perhaps it did, in some way.  Truly we've had our share of peaceful revolutionaries only some of whom are recognized as saints.  There is still time for the rest of us to join them.

Do you want a social justice for all?  Occupy this place, this church; this holy, catholic and apostolic church.   Do you want a narrowing of the gap between rich and poor in the first world?  Occupy this place, this catholic church.  Wall Street and Bay Street bankers, CEOs - the exponential gap between your salary and that of your lowest paid employee could not happen if you would but only occupy this place with your whole heart, this church of humble sinners.  I don't blame you for avoiding us.  Politicians who make decisions affecting our community, our country and ultimately the world, I implore you, before you deliberate with your heads, occupy this place of the heart, our church.

When we're all together shoulder to shoulder, the poor beside the rich beside the powerful and everyone in between, we not only occupy a place in the apolostolic church, we open up so that Christ can occupy our hearts.

Sounds too simple?  It is that simple.  Don't overthink it.

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