Answers are complicated
Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S., wants people to understand—or try to understand—what the young people in his Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago are up against. A reflection for Tuesday of Holy Week.
As we walk through Holy Week, we offer you the thoughts of Fr. Dave Kelly, C.PP.S., who spoke on April 8 to members of our Missionary Hearts Mission and Ministry Society. His reflections on his life and ministry with the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation on Chicago’s South Side can inform how we experience this week with the suffering Christ, and with Christ’s suffering people.
Fr. Kelly wants people to understand—or try to understand—what the young people in his neighborhood are up against. “We have people who are nine years old who already know that they are vulnerable, that life is dangerous. Many have an uncle or brother or someone else in their life who was hurt by violence. Our kids know they have to watch their backs. Kids in our part of Chicago are constantly darting back and forth. They are constantly on guard. And that’s exhausting. They know that their life is dangerous and they believe that adults do not have their backs and are not there for them. The answers to these problems are complicated because the problem is complicated.”
O Lord, let us look around and offer comfort to people we know who feel vulnerable and alone, to those who are exhausted by the fear and uncertainty they carry.