Fr. Greg Boyle has worked with gang members in L.A. for over 20 years. At their church they open up their doors every night to those who are homeless and they actually sleep in the sanctuary. Here is an exchange he had with some of his parishioners when he could tell tension in the parish was rising because of this.
Fr. Greg: “What's the church smell like?” (People are mortified, eye contact is avoided and women begin looking in their purses.)
Man: “It smells like feet.”
Fr. Greg: “Excellent. But why does it smell like feet?”
Woman: “’Cuz many homeless slept here last night.”
Fr. Greg: “Well, why do we let that happen?”
Man: “It's what we've committed to do.”
Fr. Greg: “Well, why would anyone commit to do that?”
Women: “It's what Jesus would do.”
Fr. Greg: “Well, then...what's the church smell like now?”
Man: “It smells like commitment.”
Thanks again to all who helped through prayer or service to help SFX “smell like commitment” as we
hosted Church of the Week.
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC