Married Priest Couple Preside and Dr. Imogene Rigdon Preaches Homily
Saturday, December 28, 2013
At Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota Florida, the “Clerical Team” consists of ordained and non ordained women and men including Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, Katy Zatsick, ARCWP priest and married priests including Michael and imogene Rigdon and Lee and Carol Breyer as well as other church members. These leaders take turns at presiding and starting the homilies. The homilies are short as the homilist then turns to the congregation in interactive dialogue. This is all part of renewing the model of priesthood and liturgical celebration in churches where women priests share liturgical responsibilities. Below is a fine homily starter by Dr. Imogene Rigdon who presided with her husband Michael, a Roman Catholic Priest, at this evening,s Mass of the Holy Family.
Four Sentences that Will Change Your life from Imogene Rigdon’s Homily Starter/Holy Family Sunday
Imogene—Homily Starter for December 28, 2013
“Today is the feast of the Holy Family—Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. In the reading from St Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he gives an exhortation on holiness. It is a joy to notice that the reading re-translated in the inclusive language of our modern culture and MMOJ. Paul’s exhortation for the morals of the home and household previously read, “Wives, give way to your husbands as you should in the Lord.” The inclusive translation says, “You who are in relationships, be submissive to each other. Lovers, love each other. Avoid bitterness. And if you are responsible for children, do not nag them, lest they lose heart.”
I have often wondered about being and becoming holy, as you no doubt also have wondered. Surely it is a quality of Jesus’ family, but it is also an expectation of each of us. God’s love indeed clothes us in compassion, kindness, gentleness, patience, forgiveness. The strength of that love can create holiness in each of us, but we know with certainty that becoming and being holy is not automatic. Being human includes sharing joy and also making mistakes and alienating others.
Ira Byock, an MD with 30 years of hospice work, in his book, 4 things that matter most: a book about living, prescribes 4 healing sentences for everyday life: Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you. The simplicity is deceiving. The ideal is amazing.
I clearly remember a young hospice nurse talking with a dying woman’s spouse. “Your wife is sedated, and yet she is restless and moaning. Are you aware of any unresolved issues that she could be worried about?” “Oh, yes,” he said. “She and our pastor had a falling out 3 weeks ago. It has had a very negative impact on her.” Together they agreed that a healing visit from the pastor could make a difference for all of them.—Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you.
There is no need to wait until we’re dying. Using the 4 healing sentences throughout life could be our way of supplementing God’s work of holiness in us.”
Dr. Imogene Rigdon, Homily Starter/Holy Family Sunday/Dec 28,2013)
Posted by Bridget Mary Meehan at 9:49 PM
Dear Imo, What a great friend and colleague you were while I worked at the U of U College of Nursing. These four sentences say so much from the heart and which also need to be spoken to those we love and those around us. Thank you for who you and your husband Michael are regardless of which plane of life we are on. Sue Meeks
Dear Imogene..so excited to receive this email mentioning you & Michael—-brought back so very many wonderful memories of St Louis and also of the times that you visited me in WV. May many blessings continue over all you do.