Matthew 9:27-31

We have the story of two blind men,both outsiders, who come to Jesus for healing.  Jesus heals them and they asked for mercy as well.

How could these men follow Jesus if they could not see?  What did Jesus do to entice them to believe?  As we look at the story we see two men whose lives were touched by faith, and they asked for mercy, not just for their physical healing.

I often tell say that I try not to judge because “I am the greatest sinner of all,” and the truth is I know that. I also know that time and time again that there is an unseen Presence that has pointed me in the right direciton. Faith is not just about “believing”, it is about experiencing the Presence, even when we do not feel that Presence, it is about trusting in that Presence. amd that Presence I call Jesus. Jesus is real to me in my darkness.

Pema Chjodron wrote: “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.  It’s a relatioship between equals.  Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.  Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

It is when we recognize that we are equals, our shared humanity, that we can give  up our own ego, and share of what we have with others without judgment, without expectation.

Today we remember Maura Clark and Companions, martyrs in El Salvatdor in 1980, victims of a political system that victimized the poorest of the poor. They saw all humanity as their equals, and gave their lives so that others might live, they spoke their truths.They lived out compassion.

Around me personally there is so much unrest, so much hate. Some is directed at me, and it hurts terribly, and painfully, but during this Advent, and whatever time I have left, I am going to try to continue to live my life as an act of compassion stripping away those false gods that separate me from others. I own my feralness, I own the feralness of God. It is only when we become feral that we can see idols of money, of power, which are so destructive, and walk away trusting in the God of many faces, living our lives as equals with others. When we do that people will have heath care, housing, food. And more importantly we will have a relationship with the God of many faces. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw

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San Francisco, CA 94164