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A Saint for Pride Month: Thought for Now, 6/17/2020
June 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Marina the Monk is a good saint to remember during June: Pride Month.  Although Marina was born female, he lived all his adult life as a man in an all-male monastery in the fifth century.  One especially interesting story about Marina says that a woman accused him of fathering her child.  Marina did not reject the woman’s accusation and even accepted the responsibility of raising the child.  Although Marina might not identify as a transgender man (to use modern language), his life is an example of faithfulness.   People of all sexualities and all genders have always been called into ministry by God.  During Pride Month, it seems especially appropriate to celebrate Marina and all the people who answer God’s call, even those society tries to keep at a distance.  I give thanks for the recent decision by the US Supreme Court that extends the Civil Rights Act to include LGBTQ people, outlawing employment discrimination due to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.  After all, all people of all genders are made in the image and likeness of God the Creator.  

Questions for Reflection:

  • How has God called you into ministry?
  • How have you overcome obstacles to follow God and God’s call?
  • How can you affirm others’ calls to ministry – especially those whose calls might be controversial?
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