Archive for November, 2011

feast of st. andrew ‘follow me’

November 30, 2011

Romans 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the Good News.” With these words taken from Isaiah, Paul paints a picture of someone dedicated to preaching the good news of the reign of God.  His focus on “feet” only emphasizes the way those committed to evangelization are always on the move, always walking, always running, to spread the Gospel.  We live in as in all of time where people look for meaning in life–and I see in Jesus of Nazareth the one who can bring wholeness, and hope.  That is why I do the work that I do–our meals are not about just feeding people–but about showing people love, care, concern–that only can come when one is committed to Jesus, the outreach is not about handing out socks, food, harm reduction supplies, it is about witness to the saving power of Jesus–the One who saves us from the loneliness, alientation of our lives. I know that because Jesus saved me, and continues to save me from loneliness, isolation, selfishness–I am always working my salvation

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Single Focused

November 29, 2011

Luke `10: 2`-24 “Blessed are the eyes that see what I see.”

I have always been accused of being single focused, but what that is that I have learned for me to survive, to grow psychologically and spiritually I have to be focused on God and the work that I am called to do.  If I worry about money, about accomplishing great things, then I simply become useless, but if I focus on God and the needs around me, then I see that even the smallest things are the work of God, and I see God in the face of each person I touch, feed, care for. It is not in the large things that we find God, it is in the small. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Watch and Be Prepared”

November 27, 2011

Mk. 13: 33-37 “Watch and Prepare”  This morning I took a ten mile hike along the American River, there are homeless encampments all along the river.  Around me are people who are homeless.  Our cities, and people shove these people aside, out of mind, and the reason is I believe is because it reminds them that is where they could be. it is reflection of our own fears, and the Gospel calls us to “watch, prepare,” and to reach out of our self-centeredness into the lives of others, and so doing, we will fulfill our needs as well. Deo Gratias! Thanks be toGod!

The Reign if God Is Near

November 24, 2011

Luke 21:20-28 “The reign of God is near.”

Tonight we serve our meal, rain or shine, and I will go to the Haight and serve afterward, last night as I did outreach people reached out to me from the doorways asking for socks, needles, food, and companionship, and I thought of how the reign of God is present in the acts of feeding, of nuturing.  The reign of God is near, it is present in our acts of love and care for each other.  People often asked me if I miss not being with “family” or friends on Thanksgiving and Christmas and the reality is I am with family, with friends on the holidays, for these guys are my family, my friends, and this is where I celebrate. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Standing Firm

November 24, 2011

Luke 21:12-19: “By holding fast you will gain your lives.”  I have spent the day going to the food bank, picking up blankets, and getting ready for tomorrow. I met with an 86 year old minister this morning after Eucharist, and will do outreach before I go to bed.  People often tell me I am stubborn, and single minded, and I am, for it has been in “holding fast” to my call in Jesus that I have gained my life.  For me ministry is not a “job” but a vocation, my life, and I give my all to it. And this Thanksgiving as I serve a meal, and celebrate the Eucharist I give thanks to God for allowing me this gift and opportunity of serving him. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Being Persecuted

November 22, 2011

Luike 21:12-19  “They will seize and persecute you.”

Persecution evokes a sense of dread in our hearts, and seems like a far off term in our Western thought. But for me there are times of persecution in living out my faith, my practice.  I am perscuted because of being the queer priest, by queers who hate thd church, I am persecuted by people who have been hurt by the church, and by people who have  been abused. I have been told I am very single minded, and I am for only in being single minded can I stay the course.  What I have learned is that persecution–comes with the territory–you either embrace it or run and I choose to embrace. it. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“On the Journey”

November 21, 2011

Matt. 25:31-46; Luke 21:1-4 

Yesterday was the last Sunday in Ordinary time, Christ the King, and for me it is the anniversary of my last Sunday as a minister in a mainline denomination and in the pulpit being in the closet. It is a day of sad rememjberance, but of joy as well, for from that day when all burned around me I experienced the resurrection. By letting go of the security and living a life of insecurity I have found so much joy. And today the Scripture is the one in which the woman who has so little gives all she has–“All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had to live on.”  She is my example–I give all I have, and I think of those who support me who like her give from so little. I think of a 92 year old woman in Hawaii who sends me ten dollars a month, like clock work.  As we begin Advent next week I give thanks for this life, and for the joy of ministry.

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I Often Make People Nervous

November 19, 2011

Luke 20:27-40 “They no longer dared to ask him anything.” Jesus made people feel uncomfortable because he made them think deeply. I find I make people uncomfortable when I push and probe beyond their fears and sensibilities about poverty and life-to face life as it is, on the streets. That is my calling, to live out a prophetic life, and it has taken me years to accept that calling, but now I embrace it. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Living

November 18, 2011

“Everyday he was teaching in the temple area.” (Lk. 18:19:47). Like Jesus, my enemies hunt me like hawks circling their prey, but they have problems finding an opportunity to strike because of my support.  Threats of all kinds come weekend and weekout, and they have come for so long that I simply laugh and ignore them, and savor each moment of my life and ministry. Daily Eucharist sustains me because it is in those moments that Jesus gives himself to me without expecting anything in return, and I gladly give back.  Life is good. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Standing A part”

November 17, 2011

I Maccabbes 2:15-29  “Mattathaias and his sons gathered in a group a part.”  In 168 bc  Seleucid king of Antiochu forbade the practice of the Jewish religion and Matthias and his sons “stood apart”, which began a rebellion that led to the restoration of the Jewish faith.  It is important for us to stand a part–to protest the 1 per cent who control the wealth, politicians who are simply oblvious to the needs of the people they serve, to a culture that is so money hungry it suffocates anyone or anything which gets in its way. People asked why I live simply,take no money from large corporations or large donors–and the answer is I stand a part in protest of the harm corporate entitites have done to our culture.  Dorothy called the system “:dirty and rotten”, and it is.