October 21 Eph. 2:12-22; Lk. 12:35-38

Meister Eckhart, a

“We own nothing … we are wayfarers who have been lentmany gifts, all of which are to be returned to the Creator.”

In theview of a modern interpreter of Eckhart’s, such a view would counter
hoarding and possessing and clinging to things with detachment,
solitude and letting go (Matthew Fox).  We hoard and we hoard and what for, nothing. So many people have nothing. Last night I thought of this as i did outreach. Over and over these guys grabbed and grabbed from each other.  The more you give, the more they wanted. They are no different then our executives, then people we know as our friends or ourselves for that matter. If we would but share equally what we have all would have enough. For you see when the casket is closed we are all equal any way–so why not share now, and all enjoy and be fed. Jesus tells us in our gospel to always be ready–and I have known a lot of people always getting ready–never enough money. It is kinda like me and cooking. People are amazed I feed a hundred and fifty people out of my place–but the reality is if I waited for some fine Church to let me use their kitchen or to get enough money for a nice apartment, then I would still be waiting–no Jesus means for us to be prepared with what we have, no matter how little.

I spent all day cooking, it was hot, and served the meal.  A seminary student doing a week retreat of sleeping on the street was at one of the meals. Complaining about how church members at a local church treated him when he attended.  People are people, you love them where they are. I may have been a little harsh with him in the sense he is having fun, not seeing the reality of the streets, but I was tired. I did outreach until 1:30 a. m. Mike was hungry so I spent time with him and bought him some donuts, fifteen others were out.  Nick, 20, was drawing. Typical night. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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