Archive for May, 2011

“Following Jesus”

May 17, 2011 Jn 10:22-30 The voice of Jesus is heard in prayer and in the reading of his word; it calls us to follow him with love, knowing we are totally safe in following him. I heard that voice last night as I spent four hours talking to a young lady, struggling to find friends; I heard that voice as I gave blankets and food out last night.  That is the voice that has called to me through the years–the years of homophobia in the Church, the years of anti-Christina sentiment in the queer community, and has called me to priesthood and to service. That is the voice I follow.

“The Good Shepherd”

May 16, 2011 Jn. 10:14-18 The true voice of Jesus tones in with the desires and hopes of the human heart–for love, justice, forgiveness, and fulfillment. Other sheep hear his voice because he speaks the language of self sacrificing an faithful love for all.  His words and voice lives through our voice and actions as we treat othes with equality, respect, with self-giving–we are his hands, feet, mouth

“Life Abundant”

May 15, 2011 . . .”I came that they may have life. .Jn. 10:10  We are called to be life givers, to facilitate the full life of justice, compassion and peace–we are called to be ministers of God, serving the God who loves all of life.  For me that means being open to all, feeding the hungry, doing needle exchange, living in the moment

“Eternal Life”

May 14, 2011 Jn. 6:60-69 Simon Peter says that Jesus has the words to eternal life.  Eternal life for me begins in this life and it begins in treating people in there wholenessk providing for their basic needs, health care, housing, and thier eternal soul.  John, 21, a young man on the Haight has a severe tooth ache, but will take a month to get it treated–to me that is not the what eternal lifre is about–eternal life begins in our treatment of others now, easing their pain, providing for their needs, and not just the “deserving” poor–but all of us-for we are all the “deservingt poor”

“Preaching the Word”

May 11, 2011

Acts 8:1-8–“Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the Word”.  The Presbyterians have just opened their doors to queers, but so many others have kept them shut.  People coomment that I have not been in that stuggle and I beg to disagree–as a queer I have “gone about preaching the Word”, not letting anyone stand in my way–and that is what our call is to “preach the Word” in season, out of season”, not letting anyone get in our way. We served a meal last night and then did outreach in the Haight. I spent time with a 20 year old who is struggling with drugs and his sexuality–that for me is “preaching the Word.”–in season and out of season

“The Bread of Life”

May 10, 2011 Jn. 6:30-35  The bread of Jesus is his own life. That is what he means when he gives us his body as real food, and we receive this bread of life when we act in faith, hope and love.  Each time I feed and individual, give them socks, visit someone in the hospital like I did Candy yesterday, participate in a demonstration I receive the bread of life.  Our Anti-death penalty demonstration yesterday was receiving the bread of life.

“Looking to Jesus”

May 8, 2011 Acts 6:1-7; Jn. 6:16-21 Both scriptures speak to me today==there is the question of enough resources in Acts, and they act in discribituion equally, and then In Jn. is the walking on the water sence with the disciples afraid. I believe strongly we should share equally=-and I fear as the disciples fear, and Jesus continually reminds me to keep my eyes upon him and when I do, all is well, I am calm, at peace, no matter with what is going on around me.

Trusting in Jesus

May 5, 2011

Jn. 3:33-38 I was asked last night by a new priest how do you deal with “death”.  I learned long ago–with the death of my grand parents, parents, son, that I face it head on, and that I trust in the resurrection. Death is a part of life, it is not something to be feared, but the end of the beginning so you walk into it, you face it, and you trust in Jesus

Reflection of Osama Bin Laden

May 3, 2011
For Letters to the Editors:
The reported killing of Osama bin Laden by a CIA operation in Pakistan represents neither justice nor victory, and should be no cause for celebration.

It has been nearly ten years since September 11th, 2001. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed. More than six thousand members of the United States military have been killed. Trillions of dollars have been wasted. Tens of thousands of men, women, and children have been detained and imprisoned in the “war on terror.” Torture is now an acceptable component of U.S. foreign policy. Racism is more deeply entrenched in our culture.

Eight years to the day (May 1, 2003) after President George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, he called the killing of bin Laden a “victory for America.”  Heads of State around the world added to a chorus of congratulations to President Barack Obama and the United States. Crowds gathered in New York City, Washington DC, and other places around the country waving American flags, singing patriotic songs, and chanting “USA, USA.”

This hateful euphoria demonstrates a nation bent on revenge, not justice.

Originally sponsored by the U.S. and now on lists of U.S. military targets, supporters of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda will be emboldened by these events. Our call for an end to violence applies to all sides of the so-called “Global War on Terror,” and echoes responses recently posted on independent Afghan Facebook pages.

In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
in 1964, Martin Luther King said: “Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace…..If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.”

If we are to move beyond revenge, aggression, and retaliation, we must end the wars, declared and undeclared, which are currently being waged by the United States.

It is beyond time to bring the troops home. The White House must begin a swift withdrawal of U.S. forces abroad.

We must not celebrate the death of one accused of mass murder while justifying or ignoring the death of hundreds of thousands due to our own violence.
  Alexander MacLarren once said: “Kindness does not require us to be blind to facts or to live in fanticies, but it does require us to cherish a habit of goodwill,
ready to show pity if sorrow appears, and slow to turn away even if
hostility appears.”
It is time that we as a nation show some kindness rather than be vengeful in the world.
In Jesus, Rebel, and And Street Person,
Father River Damien Sims
Bishop Society of Franciscan Workers
Director, Temenos Catholic Worker

Be Still

May 2, 2011 Jn. 3:1–These past days I have felt the presence of Jesus in the 18 year old who thanked me for taking him to the hospital and getting him into a program; I have felt him as I conducted the memorial service for Aaron in Hemolock Alley.  I feel him in the chaos around me–all I need to do is simply to stand still and listen.