“There Is More than One Way to Skin A Cat”

Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

At that time, John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

So often we get so tied up in our own lives, and way of doing things that we think we are the only ones in the world.  I see groups out here who are “witnessing” for Jesus, and they have the “only” way.  When I first started so many years ago I was accused of thinking I had the only way.  And I do believe I get so caught up in what I am doing that I think that sometimes.  It is easy when we are into our work to think we are doing the work the best way there is and to become center of the universe. I find that with non-profits through out the City. They are so concerned about suvival and their way of doing things that they live in a dog eat dog world.  John Wesley deplored “that miserable bigotry that makes many so unready to believe that there is any work of God but among themselves.”  I experience that with the various youth agencies. They do their work in their way, with their boundaries, and to them any other way is the wrong way.  The older I get I see that what I do is but a continum of what others have done, and will do, and that there is no one way–when we seek the greater good, that is what is important, and if we could work together to do that, it would be great, but then we would have to share resources and time.  The result of the division is that so many people continue to be in so much pain.  There is more than one way to skin a cat–we should acknowledge that and work together.

I attended Barabara Martin’s memorial yesterday. She was a great woman, she kept Martin’s alive and established it on firm ground. She was nutty as a fruit cake though, she never liked me, and as I look back I can understand why–I am just as nutty as she was, and it is hard for two nutty people to be in the same room. She was a very spiritual person, always seeking God.  She did great work.

Outreach last night was busy.  One 19 year old can not figure me out. He is bored, and I do not want anything from here, and I talked to him about being bored, and about how if you find excitment in all of life you are not bored.  The later it got, the higher people got. What I noticed and have noticed for years is the complete selfishness and self-centeredness of people The girls want more and more condoms and money. The guys will take as much as they can get of needles and food, total self-centeredness.  And the more self- centered they become ghe harder it is to deal with them. That is the way we are in life, the more self-centered we become, ther more damage we do in the environment and the more problems we have in society. It is only as we open ourselves to the love of Jesus that we see and understand that in giving that we receive. Barbara’s death upset me, and it recalls my own mortality, I will keep on doing the work moment by moment until the end. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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