Archive for July, 2011

“Swimming/Floating With Jesus”

July 13, 2011

“Swimming’/Floating With Jesus” Matt. 11:25-27  People are often surprised with the animosity I receive.  Just yesterday one guy was calling me all sorts of names and threatening me because I would not give him money, another was angry because I would not simply give him more socks, very angry, one was angry just simply because he wanted to be angry at someone. It is at times like that prayer sustains me.  That is why five times a day I take time out for the “Daily Office”, it keeps me balanced and sustained. I am often asked how I find time, and I laugh because I always have time to watch a movie or a T.V. program–I would not miss an episode of the “Closer”, so why not have time to pray–for ti sustains me, it strengthens me, it girds me for each day., each moment.

“”Swimming in the Open Stream”

July 12, 2011

Luke 14:27-33  “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. Turning to them, he said, “Whoever comes to me and doesn’t hate father and mother, spouse and children, and brothers and sisters–yes even one’s own life–can not be my disciple.”. .

.Harsh words are they not?  Jesus lived in the time when the main boundary was the family, everything was within the family–and those who had no family were the outsiders.  Jesus offered a new way of looking at life–to see all of humanity, in fact to see all of creation as family. Eighteen years ago I was approached about taking in a foster son, and my boss at the time-said to me:-“you do that and you will sacrifice the many for the one.”  And I did not become a foster dad–but I I have thousands of kids I hve loved, worked with, buried, married, and cared for since then.

 

Jesus calls us to see beyond our own nuclear family to see all of creation as our family, to see each human being as family– rich, poor, homeless, housed, black, white, red, brown, yellow, and each living creature as our family,and when if we do that–then we there would be no more hunger, or war or division and our environment would be treated wiith respect. That is our call from the Gospel, and it begins with each one of us.  One person at a time becomes thousands.  When people laugh at me for lving simply, being a vegetarian I remind them that I actually one of millions, that they do not see, and that is the way it begins, one at a time.Jesus breaks down the boundaries to include all as the family of God.

Harsh words are they not?  Jesus lived in the time when the main boundary was the family, everything was within the family–and those who had no family were the outsiders.  Jesus offered a new way of looking at life–to see all of humanity, in fact to see all of creation as family. Eighteen years ago I was approached about taking in a foster son, and my boss at the time-said to me:-“you do that and you will sacrifice the many for the one.”  And I did not become a foster dad–but I I have thousands of kids I hve loved, worked with, buried, married, and cared for since then.

 

Jesus calls us to see beyond our own nuclear family to see all of creation as our family, to see each human being as family– rich, poor, homeless, housed, black, white, red, brown, yellow, and each living creature as our family,and when if we do that–then we there would be no more hunger, or war or division and our environment would be treated wiith respect. That is our call from the Gospel, and it begins with each one of us.  One person at a time becomes thousands.  When people laugh at me for lving simply, being a vegetarian I remind them that I actually one of millions, that they do not see, and that is the way it begins, one at a time.Jesus breaks down the boundaries to include all as the family of God.

Swimming With What We Need

July 11, 2011

St. Benedict Matt. 19:27-29  “Then Peter said in reply: “Look, we have left everything and followed you.”  

Jesus has turned upside down what the disciples were raised to believe–that wealth is a sign of God’s favor.,  We, rich and poor, are called to detach ourselves from the goods of this earth. It is only when we detach ourselves from wanting more and more that we can find out who we are, and it is only in detaching ourselves that we can provide for the needfs of everyone. The more I have detached myself the more I am aware of the needs of people around me, the more I am aware that we are all loved by the same God, and as his children are each others brother and sister. Last night I gave a blanket to this middle age gentleman, who is an alcoholic and sleeps on the street. He gave up trying years ago because access to treatment was so limited, and he is a gentle, sweet man, who people walk by everyday and either not notice or condemn. I think of the housing, the help he would have if we would but all share.  Ultimately in illness and death we are detached, and we all become one with another–so why not now? Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Jesus Swims With Everyone”

July 10, 2011

Matt. 13:3-9  Each time we speak, each action we take we scatter the Word of God. Our heart is the soil, like a varied garden, tghe heart is many sided. Our hurts, our bitterness, our anger, our prejudices weakens and destroys the soils. There was a young fundamentalist group in the Haight last night and they hurt and angered a number of the kids because they told them “unless they accepted Jesus they were going to hell.”  They sowed the seeds of hate, of prejudice for the Jesus I serve loves each of those guys for who they are. God’s love is inclusive, and we turn away from that love, not the other way around. God swims with everyone.

“Swimming With Jesus

July 9, 2011

St,. Augustine Zhao Rong and his companions, Chinese Martyrs   Matt. 10:29-31Henrin Nouren said “God give me the courage to be revolutionary as your Son Jesus Christ Christ.. Teach me to stand free and to shun no criticism.  God it is for your Kingdom.”  “Do not be afraid” is said to be the most common phrase in scripture. Fear haunts us; we fear even fear itself. But our Scipture tells us that Jesus knows each hair on our head.  In the last few years I have learned that God has numbered the hair on my head, and that in the face of criticism, and the face of doing my work which at times is fearful there is no fear.  Last night I talked to a number of people, but again I was touched with those who were older, who are on the street with out any support, insurance. They survive, and as I give them what I have they are always grateful

“Swimming Upstream With Jesus”

July 8, 2011

Matt. 10:16-20 “Swimming Against the Tide”  Recently someone tried to hit me because I would not give them some money. My life has been threatened and I have been hurt in the past and people seem shocked: “After all you feed them, why would they hurt you.” Simply because human beings are basically angry, self centered people–all human beings, and they lash out at the person nearest them.  When I began this work and began to this ministry I was told there would be danger, and I have learned it is a part of following Christ. For me commitment to Jesus is long term, in difficult times he is there, and especially when my convictions about him lead to conflict.. It has been a damn good life and I would not trade a moment of it.