Archive for December, 2010

“Growing”

December 31, 2010

John 1:1-5  Jesus grew into his role as “Son of God”;  He was in tuned to the will of God and through the years he grew into his role, into his call.  In the same way we grow into who we are in God if we but allow him. I see growth in my life. I no longer regret or grieve the way I was when I was younger, but forgive myself, knowing I was growing, and only as I have opened myself to God have I become more whole. We had beans and rice and served 80 people last night.

“Love Is Breaking Through”

December 30, 2010

Lk. 2:2-32, 36-40  Last night I saw young men high, striking out at one another, stealing, and hitting one another. Very few were sober.  I gave them socks, food, needles, and my time. Last night I felt the self-centeredness, and the destruction around me; I read about cut backs to services in the paper and felt it there as well–in all aspects of life.but like Simeon our hearts in these times of unhappiness, confusion, lack of faith, we can see the love of God near. For our heart sees salvation and the loving presence of God in prayer, in service, and in love

“Innocent Victims”

December 28, 2010

Matt, 2L13-18 Today on the Feast of the Holy Innocents I remember all those in the world who die innocently as a result of the need for power of a few, of racial, and religious reasons, and I remember those I serve who suffer because we are are so caught up in our selves we fail to see them. I join a fast in the next 24 hours remembering the brutality to so many. The CW of Personlism invites us to revere all human life, to make room in our lives and hearts to receive and serve our brothers and sisters and to open our inner selves and let them change us.

 

 

Feast of St. John

December 27, 2010

Feast of St.John Jn., 20:2-8 Today is the Feast of St. John the Apostle. I think of many “John’s” today, and yesterday who throughout the world lay down their lives for Jesus-the Jesus who offers new life, hope–not bigotry and hatred.

Outsiders

December 25, 2010

Luke 2:1-14 Jesus was born of transient, homeless parents, he was born as an outsider, and the sheperds were considered unclean.  Much in the same way as the homeless on the streets are considered today. Last night as we gave out gifts I thought of how they are simply people, and lovable.  One young guy called crying because he had relapsed, and I listened.  Simply human beings on the journey.

I am tired, and I am bitchy. I am fixing luinch for a friend and he invited two other people at the last minute who wanted to change the menu, and I got irritated. But in thinking about it I eat what is put before me. I can not eat meat, but otherwise no matter what I eat it.  And it was at the last minute.  I spent time with a friend from out of town yesterday and she was telling  me how the person who introduced us told her how “strange”and “outthere” I am.  I am told I am “different”. In other words I live my life outside the norm. I have nevered considered other people “different”, other catholic workers, people on the street. It bothered me,but then it hit me that this is other people projecting their own insecurities and fears on me.   That is what we do is project how on insecurities and fears on people. That is what I did yesterday when I got irritated about the meal–my own insecurity and fear about not being a good enough cook or rejected for what I fix.We need to look at what we do and how we react. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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“Christmas Is Jesus”

December 24, 2010

Luke 1:67-79  People are often stunned when they hear I am spending Christmas on the streets with people–after all you need your “holiday”.  For me I am with my family, the people I serve, and I am with the One whose birthday we celebrate. Christmas is about God coming in our midst in the most intimate of ways, not about gifts, Last night we served 80 people,gave out over 100 gifts–we fed and served Jesus.

“Expectations”

December 23, 2010

Luke 1:57-66 With any birth we may wonder what the future holds for the baby. My parents had high expectations for me.  But through the years those expectations have been shaped by my struggles–education, my ministry–all shaped by my sexuality, and the time of prostitution and wandering to find out who I am. A kid yesterday asked me why I did not burn out–and it is simple-i have no expectations of people–they become who they choose, and I love them where they are.

“The Magnificat”

December 22, 2010

Luke 1:46-56  Mary translates the good news of the birth of Jesus into good news for the lowly and hungry people fo the world and a warning for the rich and powerful.  The reality is that the rich and powerful will be come the lowly and lonely one day because their money and power can not keep them from illness and death. The call of Jesus is for us to be his incarnated presence.

I talked to two young guys last night, one crying out of his loneliness, the other no where to go, no one to be with. This morning I spent time with a young guy trying to get his GA and kicked out of where he was staying because the guy he was staying with took off on a trip.  All three were desperately lonely. Jesus brings the good news of his caring,  I talked this morning with a fellow catholic worker whose former young volunteer has cancer, is an alcoholic. She is so alone, isolated by her addiction and disease. She makes fun of religion, and Jesus is with her, and we are called to be that presence with her.  That is the call of Jesus at presence to be his incarnated presence.

“God With Us”

December 20, 2010

Is. 7:10-14  “The virgin will bare a son. .Immanual-God with us.”  If we but live in the moment and know that we are not alone it frees us to live our lives–lives that focus on the needs of others.  Knowing God is with us–now-removes our fears and leaves us free to provide for the hungry, the disabled, the displaced of the world–and in that security–we accept each other as equals.

“Called”

December 19, 2010

Romans 1:1-7 There was a time I felt like I was less then most clergy because I did not have a church, but now like Francis I “preach the gospel using as few as words as possible,” with each person I feed, each pair of socks, blankets, and harm reduction supplies Igive. I preach the gospel  by being present with the young man who sit on my couch crying tonight because of feeling alone. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!