In his message on Ash Wednesday some time ago, Pope Francis suggested that Christians fast from indifference towards others. In what he calls the “globalization of indifference,” he writes “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.” He writes, “Indifference to our neighbor and to God represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.”
Bob Dylan is not indifferent. He does not give himself the luxury of looking away from truth and injustice, and through his music, makes us look as well. In his iconic song written in 1963, he cries out, “How many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry?” He troubles our conscience and asks us to be mindful. Please join at 9:00 a.m. on March 24 as we hear and inwardly digest the words of this contemporary prophet. Prelude starts at 8:45 a.m., so be early and in your seat to enjoy this message from an American apostle.