“The Cross Is Now”

And all were astounded at the greatness of God. While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said  to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears, The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” But they did not understand this saying; its meanng was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it.  And they were afraid to ask him about this saying. Luke 9:43-45

It is easy avoid the cross. We can see it in its historical context or as something in the past. I had dinner last night with a friend. She is retired, living a great life.  She has been a nurse working in the homeless clinic, but she can not stand to even think about people on the streets. She can not think about their sufferings, and so she lives in San Carlos, in her nice house, and does her nice things, and ignores the sufferings of people around her. She has no sense of what is going on. She has no sense of the work I do, after all these years. She is like another friend who is 65, wealthy, a minister, she prefers to stay  away from the poverty, because she does not have to think about it and accept responsiblity for it. I am going to the memorial service this afternoon for Barbara Collier, she basically founded Martins.  She has never cared for me, we have not spoken in years, she was nutty as a fruit cake, but she did the work, she gave her life for others. I respect her life.  She never shirked from the poverty and the pain around her, she entered into it.  In looking at my own life I find myself thinking our short it is, and wonder if it is all worth it.  I struggle for money, and I struggle with friends who really have no understanding of what is going on around them. But like Barabara I am going to keep on until I breathe my last breath. I am not running away from the cross.  I spent last night doing outreach, and then I went to bed at 2. I was supposed to have mass this morning in Vallejo, but because of Barabara dying and I simply did not feel like driving up there I had Ken take it.  I went to bed at 3. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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