October 21, “Out of Chaos–Order” Eph. 2:12-22; Luke 12:35-38 St. Margaret Clitherow
I have heard the comment there is chaos always around me, and yes there is, for life is messy. I met one guy on the street this after noon who is terminally ill with cancer and he was throwing up and crying, and yelling out of fear. We talked and their came peace and order. My own life is has always gone from chaos to order. Over twenty years ago I was removed from on denomination, became a whore, than counselor and returned to ministry-but it was a chaotic time, as has been working on the streets of San Francisco. I have found a keen sense of order in my life through the practice of the Eucharist, and the practice of the Liturgy of the Hours. God centers us, God brings order.
In much the same way each Tuesday and Thursday when I am cooking I bring order out of chaos. I cook the meals alone because frankly when I have had people helping me it seemed like chaos to them at the beginning. For ninety percent of the time I come into fixing the meal not knowing what I am going to make, because I do not know what is at the Food Bank, and I change what I had projected because they do not have the supplies. For example tomorrow and Thursday we are having:
Noodles with Beans and Apples
We soak the beans for 9 hours/ cook them all night on low in crock pots.
In the morning we will mix in cut up apples in and put on warm–about 100 apples
tomorrow afternoon we will cook noodles–15 bags and mix
seasoned with salt/pepper/and onion powder
and then package in containers and serve.
This is creating order from chaos–and this is the way we are called to live our lives-not expecting it to be easy, straightforward but finding God in what ever is available for us. Never easy–but always a hell of a lot of fun! Deo Gratiast! Thanks be to God!
“Shojin is “religious abstention from animal foods” and is based on the core religious teaching of ahimsa, or harmlessness, the practice of refraining from causing harm to other sentient beings. Shojin and samadhi are seen to work together, with shojin purifying the body-mind and allowing, though certainly not guaranteeing, access to the spiritually enriching experience of samadhi. Outer compassion and inner stillness feed each other. Shojin and veganism are essential to our spiritual health because they remove a fundamental hindrance on our path.”. Dr. Will Tuttle