Archive for October, 2010

“Compassion”

October 30, 2010

Lk. 141-6 “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath or not?” One of the criticisms I often receive is that I do not expect results from people. And that is true–because I am moved by compassion, I act out of compassion which expects no results. That is what Jesus did through his ministry. Last night at the meal I saw one person after another who has been on the streets for years–and I am moved, to the point of tears at times, with compassion. Five things I am thankful for are my faith, my health, a awesome day, friends, and my work. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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“In A Long Line”

October 28, 2010

St. Jude and St. Simon: Lk. 6:12-16 Today I am reminded I stand in a long line who have gone before me proclaiming the Gopspel and there will be many to follow. My task is simply to proclaim the Gospel and administer the Sacraments in the moment. I am thankful for five things this morning: the joy of life, my health, friendship, being able to serve, and a beautiufl day. A quote that comes to mind this morning is this:

The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don’t covedr them with a blanket or ignore them with a nervous grin. Don’t turn on the TV and pretend they aren’t there. Insread, stand still and whisper his name, and listen. He is nearer than you think Max Lucado

“The Reign of God”

October 26, 2010

Luke 13:18-21 “What is the reign of God?” The reign of God is present in each meal that I serve, each blanket that I give out, each person I spend time with. It was present in the yoiug man I varnished his playing instrument and gave back last night. It was present in the young lady whom I bandaged an infected food for last night. When we turn thw values of this world upside down and house the poor, feed for the hungry, care for the sick, the reign of God will come. But each time we do an act of love- beyond ourselves and our neighbors we are comfortable with the reign of God is present. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“In the Moment”

October 25, 2010

Luke 13:10-17 “Suski”, 19 asked me last night why I do what I do.  It is simple: I have been in the same position–rejected, shunned, looked down upon, ridiculed, criticized. I am still an outsider, on the fringe,  I live day by day, in the moment and am criticized for not “trying to save people–and like the crticis of Jesus in Scripture I will go against human norms to love God and do good.  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“In the Moment”

October 25, 2010

Luke 13:10-17 “Suski”, 19 asked me last night why I do what I do.  It is simple: I have been in the same position–rejected, shunned, looked down upon, ridiculed, criticized. I am still an outsider, on the fringe,  I live day by day, in the moment and am criticized for not “trying to save people–and like the crticis of Jesus in Scripture I will go against human norms to love God and do good.  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“The Kingdom Is Within You”

October 24, 2010

Lk. 189-14  “Those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be great.”  I have found that greatness does not lie in amassing money, prestige, but greatness lies in facing ourselves and admitting to ourselves who we really are so that we can become the kind of person we are meant to be. Jesus tells us that “the reign of God is within you.”  I heard four focal points are helpful at mass this morning to do just that–to look within:

FOUR FOCAL POINTS OF MINISTRY

From Sermon by Rev. Dana Corsell 

  1.  Show Up: Be present with others and to the Spirit of God.
  2.   Pay Attention: The Way of the Healer. Be attentive and open to others. Will open us  to God’s resources of love and what is real.
  3.   Be truthful:  Speak the truth in love.
  4.   Do not be attached to results. Do not be attached to results, be open to the outcomes. Give it to God, be dependent on God’s will.

“Facing Ourselves”

October 24, 2010

Lk. 189-14  “Those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be great.”  I have found that greatness does not lie in amassing money, prestige, but greatness lies in facing ourselves and admitting to ourselves who we really are so that we can become the kind of person we are meant to be. Jesus tells us that “the reign of God is within you.”  I heard four focal points are helpful at mass this morning to do just that–to look within:

FOUR FOCAL POINTS OF MINISTRY

From Sermon by Rev. Dana Corsell 

  1.  Show Up: Be present with others and to the Spirit of God.
  2.   Pay Attention: The Way of the Healer. Be attentive and open to others. Will open us  to God’s resources of love and what is real.
  3.   Be truthful:  Speak the truth in love.
  4.   Do not be attached to results. Do not be attached to results, be open to the outcomes. Give it to God, be dependent on God’s will.

“The Present Time”

October 23, 2010

Lk. 12:54-59: You can look atr the earth and sky and predict the weather, why then don’t you know the meaning of the present time.?

Knowing the meaning of what we see around us is the key to a purpose driven life. Only keeping our eyes on Jesus gives us that vision. For me I see people around me who lack basic needs, who are hungry, who have no socks, and who are homeless–that is what drives me in ministry–I live in the moment and it is the vision of Jesus going before us into Galilee that gives me hope.Spent time with donor today. going to the haight and polk soon. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“The Fire of Life”

October 21, 2010

Luke 12:49-53 “:I have come to bring fire upon the earth. . .” Fire destroys–its effects last forever, and yet fire leads to new life, and provides nourishment. Jesus brings fire to our lives and lives up out of the mediocre of life–calls us toi make choices that will set us against the norm, and set us on the path of life. I spent five hours in the Haight last night, one after another of the young people took blankets, talked, all content–and yet on the horizon lies an election that will outlaw their sitting on the street–we need to speak up, to stand for them. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God

“Being Faithful”

October 20, 2010

www.,temenos.org  “Being Faithful” “Much is required of the person to whom much is given. . .” Luke 12:39-48  There is none of us who is forgiven the obligation to give talent, help, and support to others.  However much–however little-we have, we are responsible for giving to those who have even less. Each night I have young people who give their blanket to a friend–because they do not have one–we give of what we have. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!