bible week

person of color: hey wouldn’t it be cool if angels were represented as brown or black more often–

edgy whites who went to a week of bible study 15 yrs ago and regurgitate all their Superior Knowledge from textually inaccurate all-caps tumblr posts written by supernatural fans: um…… ACTUALLY :) angels don’t look like HUMANS they look like ELDRITCH NIGHTMARES™ that MELT YOUR BRAIN OUT so stop giving them skin colors :) try a few animal heads instead :) don’t forget the eyeballs :) 

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Finals week went well! I’m glad I decided to do six week courses because there’s still summer left! And, Theresa and I are officially rising seniors now. I’m more excited for my last year than I thought I would be. There is the fact that I’m just ready to be done with Pitt, but I’m also kind of excited for all the last times. After I had that meeting with my advisor a few weeks ago and we discussed what I should do after I graduate it became more real. I was scared for a few weeks (I mean, I still am) about how after this year I’m supposed to be an active independent member of society, or at least that’s my goal. Now that my classes are over and I’m purely focused on my final year, it just hit me harder.

I went to Ohio last weekend for Cleveland pride and it was awesome. I also went to my friend Anthony’s Fam Fest, which is a type of family reunion. It was fun, and I was happy that I didn’t have to worry about doing homework when I came back for the week. I went up on Saturday and I was supposed to return on Sunday, but my bus got cancelled. So, I ended up having an extra day to spend with another one of my friends who lives in Ohio. It was annoying that my bus was cancelled, but I think the universe was working in my favor. Theresa left Saturday night for the whole week because she’s doing a program in Erie. I basically got an extra day with friends, and one less day of being alone. 

Last time Theresa left for a few days it was impromptu and I wasn’t ready to be alone in our apartment for the first time. I knew about this particular trip beforehand so I took it a lot better. Instead of being sad and nonproductive, I’ve just been nonproductive. I’ve been binge watching Orange is the New Black (I had never watched it before now) and it’s awesome. I’ve been cooking, trying new recipes, to keep myself busy. And I have spent some time with our friend Anna since she lives close by. Next week I start volunteering. I’m looking forward to having structure in my schedule again. 

Yesterday, Anna and I got together and went for a walk down by the marina. Then we went to one of my favorite cafes and I finally finished writing the first chapter of my novel for my summer research project. After that we spontaneously decided to go to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. It was my first time going and we ended up having a really great time. 

So far, life post-finals has been going well! 

I woke up this morning to the news that a gunman had opened fire on hundreds of innocent civilians. As you’d expect, I was heartbroken, angry, and upset. As I watched the news, I felt a horrible sinking feeling in my gut: it was deja vu. I had been in this exact situation before.

A year and a half ago i woke up to a lazy day in the middle of summer. It seemed that nothing could go wrong - until it did. I turned my tv on to find what was deemed the deadliest mass shooting in history being covered in every news channel. It was immediately deemed terrorism, as it was an act of hate to unarmed civilians. I was horrified that such things still happened. I was horrified that gun control laws weren’t immediately being created within the aftermath.

This was the exact feeling I experienced today.

I went on twitter to see if I could find news of gun control laws being made, but all I could find were thoughts and prayers. This truly upset me. How can you pray for an end to hate but never let it happen? How can you express your disgust for such an event but do nothing to prevent it from happening again? How can you be so upset about something like this, then inevitably let it go after a week?

The Bible says that you can only achieve what you pray for by acting on what you want. If you prayed for peace in our world, then be an advocate for peace. Spread awareness. Support the creation of gun control laws. Express your concerns to the public. Be a bright change in a dark, constant society.

I’d like to lastly point out that, before the gunman was identified as a white male, many immediately blamed the event on poc. People immediately recognized the gunman as a terrorist. However, when the news got out that a white man had opened fire, people started to change their wording. “Lone wolf gunman”, “Male”, never acknowledging that a WHITE MAN had been responsible for the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. When did the color of one’s skin determine the weapon in one’s hand? The thought was put there by the media. Change that. Acknowledge that this white man is a terrorist by definition. Remind everyone that white people have done evil to this world many times, and this is only one example.

Act.

Speak out.

Educate.

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Word of the Week: #Forgiveness

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Matthew 18:21-35

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.  

“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

The Sindónico Cristo de Córdoba, Spain by the Sevillian sculptor Juan Manuel Miñarro, based on the brands that are in the Shroud of Turin

“There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.” —Jn 19:18

“It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last.“ — Lk 23:44-46