Father Greg.

We were talking about who to get to say a few good words about the Salvation Army, to do it in a way highlighting the Army’s part in God’s mission in this world, and to say it in an, well, entertaining way.  Father Greg is entertaining.Father-Boyle

Father Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest.  His life work in Los Angeles with gangmembers over the past several decades inspires me.  And Father Greg is great to listen to.  I’ve heard him more than once at CCDA conferences.  He makes me smile, laugh.  Get somber.  His words always seem to attest to the full life of John 10:10 Jesus brings us.

Here’s Brian O’Neil’s eight part radio documentary El Padre y los Homies that tells the story of Father Greg and Homeboys Industries.  If you want something a little less epic visit the Homeboys website and Father Greg’s Wikipedia.

We were talking.  And later today Neal sent me Orv Kimbrough’s blog post from yesterday In Search of Hope:  My recent trip to LA.  Is God pointing us toward Father Greg?

What I think God may be pointing more of us to these days is a fresh perspective on salvation.  If Jesus said “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full” then life in this world may possibly be part of his claim.  Okay, not ‘may possibly’.  I believe that the life of Jesus is meant to bring fullness here and now.  Our part in the mission of God includes life in this world as well as in the world to come.

Would Father Greg come to St Louis to speak at a Salvation Army gig?

Bonus:  transcript of Krista Tippett’s On Being American Public Media interview of Father Greg.