Yesterday many news outlets announced a ruling from the Vatican; priests would not be allowed to bless same-gender relationships. Every story I saw pointed out the most painful line in the document that the church "does not and cannot bless sin." The Roman Catholic Church still views same-gender love as sinful, and will withhold blessings. … Continue reading On the Vatican and Same-Gender Relationships
If Joseph was alive today, might Joseph identify as gay, or bi, or trans or queer? What if young Joseph asked Jacob for a princess dress? And what if Jacob said yes? What if Jacob responded with affirming and lavish love?
That is the other key difference in the stories. When Jesus died, the human authorities thought they had won, but they didn't have the last word. God had the last word. The resurrection is a witness to the power of God's love even over the machinations of death. Even when the world is loveless, even when the world would sacrifice some of our siblings, God will conquer. God will have the last word. As people who follow the loving, liberating, life giving God, it is our work to take the knives out of the hands of those who think they are enacting justice. And God takes pride when we keep on marching.