“Being Salvation”

Lk 9:1-6

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”
Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

This was one of Frances’ favorite passages, he wanted his friars to “be salvation.”  People find themselves frustrated when they are working with me because I do not try to “change lives”. In fact 99 percent of the people I serve will be on the streets all their lives. They have fallen through the cracks, and secondly some get frustrated because I do not “preach Christ”. I am preaching Christ, in every needle I give out, every serving of food I give, every moment I spend listening and  being present to people. Several new people have asked me why I do what I do. They see me on the street late at night with no particular motive, I do not try to get them to change, but I am simply giving them basic needs, and listening. My answer is usually I do it  because I enjoy it, and I do it because of my faith in the presence of Christ. Christ is present in each person, he is alive, and living within them, and to him I minister.  We are called to be salvation to people.  I was reading in the paper about one nation not limiting tuna fishing and how it will destroy the tuna population and I see the various people running for mayor and other offices basically ignoring homelessness and the needs of people and I find myself wondering when are we going to start being salvation to our world–to people, to our environment.   The gospel is a call to trust. I have survived so far because I use money well, and I have no plan of raising money. People asked me my fundrasing plans and I shrug my shoulders and tell them I send out a newsletter, do weddings, etc, I have no plan, and that is what I believe Jesus wants us to do–to do the work, to love each other, to share, and let him worry about the rest.

I have spent the day with Francine, who is a donor, it is her birthday, went to the dentist, and am celebrating the Eucharist now, and will do outreach.  Last night was a slow night because it was Tuesday, but the people who were out were older, really drug induced, just being with them was hard, but I reminded myself I was with Jesus.  They have few people who spend time with them. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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