Archive for September, 2010


September 29, 2010 “Faith”:  Jn. 1:47-51: “Jesus is a real Israelite, there is nothing false in him.”  Nathanial sees in Jesus God. That is what faith is all about.  Each day in the Eucharist I see Jesus coming to us, humbly, broken, opening his heart to us.  In people I see the brokenness of the Christ.  It is when we get caught up in ourselves, our concerns we fail to see Jesus. I am in Tahoe, enjoying the break. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


September 28, 2010  Lk. 9:46-50: Saturday I went to the ordination of a friend–no mention of the name of Jesus, really felt judgmental about it, but the Scripture today reminds me that we can not judge, we are called to love and respect. On retreat in
Tahoe–Francis gave everything he had a way, Dorthy Day did the same–and I worry about security, about the future–I am seeing that to live out the Gospel is to live in trust of God–and giving it all away. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Who Do You Say That I Am?”

September 24, 2010

“Who do you say that I am?” Luke 19-18-22. I have been reading the Genesis stories and as I read the story of Joseph I thought of his life–a process of giving up and getting back, of losing and gaining, of destruction and rebuilding. That is the way my life is and has been.  I went to school, ordained a minister,  and in my own struggles I had to give that up to find myself, and return to ministry.  I lost security, but gained my life. I have done things, been places, and have lived in a place I would never have dreamed many years ago.  My journey has been to answer the call of Jesus “Who do you say that I am?” I see in the losses the blessings, and life is a journey that is awesome if we embrace. it. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Living Simply and Not Being Pushy”

September 22, 2010

Proverbs 30:5-9. . .”give me neither poverty nor riches. . .give me just as much food as I need.” Luke 9:1-6″Whenever you are not welcomed, leave that town, and shake the dust off your feet.”  Greediness and wanting our own way causes us the greatest problems. Hunger, poverty, would be eliminated if each one of us just took just what we needed.  One of the reasons I have chosen this way of life is to live, so that others might have life. Secondly Jesus can not be imposed on people, he can be modeled. We are here to make love real as Jesus did, we are here to preach the Gospel not with words but with our lives. Served sixty people last night, great meal. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


September 21, 2010

Last night in doing outreach I talked to forty or so people and bought food for a family of five. They were homeless,struggling and in their faces I saw the Christ.  There is a quote from Thomas Merton that reminds me of our own humanity, and of our own dependence on God and one another:
We must be willing to accept the bitter truth that, in the end, we
may have to become a burden to those who love us. But it is
necessary that we face this also. The full acceptance of our
abjection and uselessness is the virtue that can make us and others
rich in the grace of God. It takes heroic charity and humility to
let others sustain us when we are absolutely incapable of
sustaining ourselves.

We cannot suffer well unless we see Christ everywhere–both in
suffering and in the charity of those who come to the aid of our

– Thomas Merton, “No Man is an Island”

“Light the Lamp”

September 20, 2010

Lk. 8:16-18 “No one lights a lamp and covers it with a bowl.”

We are meant to give back to God all the gifts God has given to us, developed, distributed, and used for good.  Our lives are meant to to serve God through serving our neighbor.  One step at a time.  People are always amazed that I can serve so many with so little, and so little space–it is not about how much, how much time, or how much space. it is about doing. Light the lamp–let it shine.  I am cooking meal to serve to night in the Haight. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


September 19, 2010

Luke 16:1-13:  The steward was devious in the way in handled the money, but the message he sends is that forgiveness.  And forgiveness means putting people ahead of ourselves, ahead of our money and our ambition. It means taking care of those who have less then they have, and walking with those who hurt. Attend church at St. Luke’s, and will do outreach tonight. Cooking meal. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Following Jesus”

September 19, 2010  Lk. 8:4-15 “Listen, then, if you have ears to hear.”  Jesus says to us what we say so often, “do you understand me, do you get it?”. In that case “Listen to me, think as I do.”  His calling is to act differently then this world does He calls us to be his presence–strong, honest, brave, and to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick, care for the dying.  Spent morning working on sermon for next week, work for interns, and newsletter. Dinner with Innes, and now outreach. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Changing the Status Quo”

September 17, 2010

Lk. 8:1-3 “The twelve disciples went with him and so did the women..”  In the time of Jesus women were not permitted to travel alone–the fact that the Evangelist mentioned the presence of women is the very proof that Jesus was a revolution walking. In serving the meal I noticed that the same people who complain continued to to complain.  I had a good meal last night, but they complained–nothing is ever enough. But then I cook and serve not to receive any tangible rewards, I give it to God and that is what I did last night as they complained, smiled, and offered it to God. I do my best, my very best, and that is all Jesus asks. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Walking the Streets”

September 16, 2010

Lk. 7:36-50  Cornelius and Cyprian  “When the Pharasee saw this he said to himself. . .he would know what kind of sinful life she lived.”  Jesus spent his life on the streets with the poor holding up those in  pain lifting the agony of both souls and bodies. Last night I gave out food and blankets to some 70 people, and spent three hours talking to three people–one a male sex worker and drug user, another a female sex worker who woke up with a man masturbating in her face on the street and afraid to sleep on the streets, and another a 19 year old kid traveling.  I was criticized by a merchant for “enabling those people,” and I continue to do so because Jesus did. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!