(from my personal blog)
This clip in the film, “The Color Purple,” reflects a powerful moment of reconciliation and the re-embracing of a loved one. But what else is G-d trying to tell us through this moment? What does Shug Avery mean by “even sinners have soul”? She doesn’t say “a soul”, she simply says “soul”. Maybe what G-d is trying to tell us is that despite our limitations and mistakes, we all have soul; that deep-rooted, gospel singing, passionate spark, chispa, that can set everything ablaze with our words, actions, singing, and even a hug. Sometimes it’s the person who others deem to be “soulless” who is the most “soulfull” and even able to rekindle the flame of our own souls. What is G-d trying to tell us? What is G-d trying to say through us? How are we soulfully sharing our soul?
–delfin bautista is a member of the CTA 20/30 Leadership Team and the CTA Board of Directors; delfin is also a member of Dignity’s Young Adult Caucus and Trans Caucus. delfin “preaches” on their own blog Mi Lucha, Mi Pulpito and is a contributor to Believe Out Loud.