Archive for April, 2011

“Living by Faith”

April 30, 2011

www.temenos. Mark 16:9-16 It is hard to have a memorial service for a 31 year old; it is hard to keep up the struggle when money is low, and people seem apathetic to the needs around you, but Jesus is risen! And it is in that faith that I work and have faith, and move forward.


April 28, 2011 Luke 24:35-40  The resurrected Jesus appears to the disciples and tonight I have a memorial service for a 30 year old who has been on the streets since he was fifteen.  It is in the resurrection that I find my hope, and it is in the daily Eucharist that I find my strength. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


April 26, 2011  “When Am I Going to Retire?” Through the years I have often been asked my retirement plans–“When are you going to retire?” I find it funny, because people fail to realize that I live out what I do in my day to day life. For me what I do is not a job–but a way of life. During this Easter season I am reminded of God’s grace and of second chances–and most importantly the gift of doing good:  feeding the hungry, counseling those who are in emotional pain, burying the dead, visiting the sick, caring for the dying, comforting those in despair and sorrow, and most importantly the gift of administering the Sacraments.  The world has told me “no” many times–it has told me because of my  sexuality I would not be allowed to celebrate the Sacraments, it has told me I would not be able to do the service I do everyday–and God has come back with resounding Yes! to me. For that this Easter I give God praise!  And my answer to retirement is: when everyone has food, housing, health care–then I will consider, and I mean consider retirement. Christ is Risen!  Alleulia

Good Friday

April 22, 2011 John 19-22– Good Friday: All of us will one day offer up our spirit, all of us will die–in pain, alone–may we do so offering our lives to Jesus who goes before us, and may we offer our lives in service to the world as we live today. Tenderloin Stations of the Cross at City Hall–Noon-2:30 p.m.

“Week of the Bridge”

April 17, 2011

Matt. 21:1-9 Palm Sunday,  This is the “week of bridge”–Jesus laid on the cross as a bridge because he knows everythng human–even to death.  This past week with the death, and funeral of my friend Jesus has been present with me, and he calls me this week to walk the path of the cross.

“Sprouting New Life”

April 11, 2011 Jn. 11:1-45 Mary Lou is in the hospital, thought she was near death.  I am reminded everyday that our only hope is in Jesus I am the resurrection and the life. . .”, and that all our quarreling, and fighting over property and money is useless.

“Sprouting New Leaves”

April 9, 2011 Jn. 7:40-53  Fr. Roy Bourgeois is about to be removed from the priest hood for his support of ordination of women.  As our Scripture points out perhaps it is time for Catholics to trust their insights–Jesus is truly the Christ and life can be lived in an all inclusive, equal, and shared way. It is time for people to walk stand up to the heirarchy with their feet and their pocket books and show them what change is about.   Fr. Roy is suffering, and he is suffering for the rights of women, let us walk with him on his journey.

Living in Danger

April 8, 2011 John 7:25-30 Jesus lived his life in danger, and I live my life in danger as well.  “The working out of this salvation must be pain, and the handing of it down to them that are below must ever be in pain; but the eternal from of the will of God in and for us is intensity of bliss.” George MacDonald.  Jesus challenges us to look at life differently outside of our cultual context==and that can be dangerous.


April 7, 2011 Jn. 5:31-47 “Sprouting” Sometimes I really get down–in the news it seems all humanity is out for itself–resulting in the chaos in life–earthquakes, economic unrest, war, etc. The quarerel in the the Gospel of Jn. reveals the separation of two religious movements. If Christians would spend time pondering over Romans 9-11 antisemism could be avoided–if all humanity would simply let each other sprout and grow equally so much pain would be avoided.

“New Life”

April 7, 2011 Jn. 5:17-30  The Samaritan community of Jns Gospel experieced the rite of passage from death to life in Jesus. He played a decisive role in their transformation.  He has brought life out of death for me, and for so many others I kinow and have known.