Archive for August, 2010

“Wealth”

August 16, 2010

Matt. 19:q6-22 Any “wealth” which takes first place in life–even a person-can be a block to freedom.  I have let money, fear, friends, take first place in my life, it is only when I put them second do I find true freedom and happiness. Spent yesterday resting, had dinner with friends. Cooking meal for Haight at the moment. 19 year old James was by, needs to get ID, Mickey, 28 came by for points, and so it goes. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Becoming Like A Little Child”

August 15, 2010

Mt. 19:13-15 “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the reign of God belongs to such as these>’

Children are dependent on others for all of their needs.  Suppose we approach life as little children dependent upon God. How would that affect the way we treat others, treat animals, treat nature? Today I met 20 year old Wilson, made his way from New York. Fed him. A friend with me commented, “he does not look like a “street person.”  Strange how we label people.  I wonder if we were little children how we would view others–simply as human beings. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Equality for All”

August 14, 2010

Mt. 19:3-12–In this Scripture Jesus speaks for the dignity of women–it is a revolutionary position to give them equality with each other. When one reads the passage closer one can see equal rights for queers as well–he talks of enuchs and one can read queers in the verse and he too gives them equality. Served meal last night, getting ready to do outreach. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Fixed In My Ways”

August 12, 2010

Ezekiel 12:1-4  Eziekiel confronts the people of their infidelity–they are to fixed in their ways. I get fixed in my ways, and it is not a matter of age, it is a matter of I am focused on my daily work and I lose sight of other people.  Failure to understand that all of us do our own work, and all is good, leads to division, and jealously. I met with a fellow priest this morning who serves a wealthy church. She is a great priest, but our work while different, contributes to the reign of God, we are equal in what we do.  I am needing to work on seeing that in people, and not let myself be fixed in my own ways and vision for that leads to infidelity in denying God’s presence and work with all people. I did outreach in the Haight and on Polk last night and am cooking dinner to night. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Forgiveness”

August 11, 2010

St. Clare Mt. 18-16 I had lunch with a friend today, whom I hurt–really not knowing how I hurt this person–I apologized.  I feel really bad about this, but in thinking about it I realize I am a difficult person, and I what I believe and seek to practice is difficult for people to understand.  My prayer on this Feast of Clare is that I may learn to “Go forth without fear, for God who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother.”  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God

“Love God, Serve God”

August 11, 2010

Jn. 12:24-26  “Whoever want to serve me must follow me.”  St. Lawrence.  “Love God, serve God: Everything is in that.” St. Clare of Assisi.  Tonight we served a meal to a hundred people.  Most were high on drugs, wounded in so many ways, and I know that no matter how tired I get that for me loving God means serving him through those guys on the street. I have no choice I walk with those guys, and hurt with them, and at times be hurt by them–for in so doing I serve the One who I call Jesus. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Trusting in God to Provide”

August 10, 2010

Matthew 17:22-27 This is a strange story about a coin in the mouth of a fish. We are not told that Peter actually found the coin.  Michael Mullens writes: “It may well be another way of saying to those who were instructed to carry no gold, no silver, not even a few coppers in their purses, to trust in God to provide in unexpected ways.” For me I have found that when I trust in God he provides for me in the most unexpected ways—I would have never expected to spend my life in San Francisco, doing the work I do a number of years ago–but God does provided in the most unexpected ways. I did outreach in the Haight last night. Spent time with a twenty one year old who was psyschotic, and two others who are just traveling. Serving meal in Haight tonight and outreach on Polk. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Treasuring What Matters”

August 8, 2010

Luke 12:32-34  . .”For where your treasure is, there will be your  heart as well.”  Some of this is ancient wisdom. The Romans compared money to seawater, the more you drink, the thirstier you become.  The message of this gospel is to treasure the things in life that matter–relationships, the love of God and his service.  For many years I sought the highest salaries, I trusted in money, and now all I have to trust in is God, and for me that is enough.  Ultimately what we devote our lives to determines who we are. Spent yesterday in Vallejo, will do outreach tonight. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“The Transfiguration”

August 7, 2010

luke 9:28-36  The Transfiguration is a reminder of the promise of Jesus that he is with us–in the good times as well as the bad, with the promise that he will bring us into his glory.  At times when I get depressed over seeing the pain in the face of young guys I remember the promise of Jesus in the Transfiguration–there is hope, may be not now, but ultimately he will bring us into his reign. Spent day going to food bank, working on the Haight, and getting ready for church tmorrow Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Who Do You Say That I Am?”

August 5, 2010

Mt. 16:13-23  “What about you? Who do you say that I am?”  The whole purpose of life is coming to know who Jesus is for me.  All of my life has been spent in search of that answer. The way I have answered that question has determined what I do with my life, and what I have done with it for others, and finally what my life will be seen to have meant. In the early years I was the pastor–upright in all ways, but through my own experiences I have come to know Jesus as a friend, as one who walks with those who have nothing. I received an email criticizing me for talking about the suffering I have gone through–well I have suffered and it is in that suffering that I have found Jesus and my way of life, thanks be to God.  I had dinner with Mary last night and then went to bed. Cooking for the meal tonight.Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!