Opening his Theology on Tap discussion of “The Year in Review: Where is God?” Auxiliary Bishop Michael Boulette asked the audience what news-worthy events they could name from 2017. Replies came quickly: “Hurricane Harvey,” “Las Vegas shooting,” “Sutherland Springs,” “wildfires in California.” The somber list prompted Bishop Boulette to ask the audience “Where is God in the midst of all the suffering?”
Stating the importance of strong faith in facing human suffering, the bishop invited the audience members to consider the scripture taken from Ezekiel 37: ‘He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’ “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.”
To illustrate God’s message of hope, Bishop Boulette discussed the origins of Advent, describing the incarnation of Jesus as the “enfleshment of God in the world.” Thus Advent celebrates the arrival of Jesus, the hope of eternal life with God.
The bishop wrapped up the discussion by asking for questions from the audience.