Archive for November, 2011

Live Life

November 17, 2011

Luke 19:11-28

I have a friend who says he is an “agnostic” and so he does not do anything to help people, or for his own spiritual growth–he simply stays in the middle.  This parable calls us to act. People say that as I grow older I take more chances, and I do–because life is short and God wants us to live life to its fullest–we can double what God has given us by treating everyone with mercy and generosity, and by telling people about Jesus in the hope that they too will embrace the reign of God. Let’s take some risk for the reign of God! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Feeding the Inner Soul”

November 15, 2011

Luke 19:1-10 “Today salvation has come to this house.”  Jesus meets Zaccheaus, a well to do tax collector, he has everythng materially everything he needs- by the worlds standards he was successful, but he still felt empty–and in Jesus he found wholeness. People see what we do on the streets–hand out food, socks–and to them that is material needs being met, but the reality is that they are but a tool–a tool to give us a chance to provide love, care, and support.  The food, socks, pass away, but the moments we spend with people lasts for ever.  Cody is 21, and he told me the other night that I am the only person in a long time that takes time to talk to him, makes him feel like he is a person.  Our outward efforts are simply a tool to provide the inward, spirit efforts.

Living in the Now

November 14, 2011

Lk.18:35-43, Lk. 17:26-37  I have friends who have everything who fear for the next earthquake, who fear they are going to end up with nothing, and I see people who suffer from lack of material goods each day–people who go hungry, who have no clothes, who are in in pain. I read of people preaching the end of times, but what I find Jesus telling us is that we do live in unpredicable times, but that we are in God’s hands–so live each day, enjoy it, the pain, the frustration, but enjoy living for we are in God’s hands. When we wake up let us proclaim: “Christ lives in me and he is my hope of glory.”

“Living in the Now”

November 14, 2011

Lk.18:35-43, Lk. 17:26-37  I have friends who have everything who fear for the next earthquake, who fear they are going to end up with nothing, and I see people who suffer from lack of material goods each day–people who go hungry, who have no clothes, who are in in pain. I read of people preaching the end of times, but what I find Jesus telling us is that we do live in unpredicable times, but that we are in God’s hands–so live each day, enjoy it, the pain, the frustration, but enjoy living for we are in God’s hands. When we wake up let us proclaim: “Christ lives in me and he is my hope of glory.”

“Living in the Now”

November 14, 2011

Lk.18:35-43, Lk. 17:26-37  I have friends who have everything who fear for the next earthquake, who fear they are going to end up with nothing, and I see people who suffer from lack of material goods each day–people who go hungry, who have no clothes, who are in in pain. I read of people preaching the end of times, but what I find Jesus telling us is that we do live in unpredicable times, but that we are in God’s hands–so live each day, enjoy it, the pain, the frustration, but enjoy living for we are in God’s hands. When we wake up let us proclaim: “Christ lives in me and he is my hope of glory.”

“The Reign of God”

November 10, 2011

Luke 17:20-25 “The reign of God is among you.”  The child abuse scandal at Penn State is overwhelming; the suffering on the streets is overwhelming, and in my own struggle with seeing pain I know that God is present–and that we are called to be complete in our love for God, and so all I can do is person by person, minute by minute is to seek to be “complete in my love.”  That is where the reign of God is. Step by step, moment by moment. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Foolishness

November 8, 2011

Wisdom 2:23-3:9 “They seemed in the view of the foolish to be dead.”

Recenly an individual sent me an email telling me how “foolish” I am for the way I do ministry.  In thinking about it no one fulfills these words better than Jesus.  In the world’s eyes, his life was a monumental waste, and his death a sad tragedy.  He was a man with great charisma, able to attract a large following that had the potential to challenge Rome’s stranglehold on Israel. But what does he do with these people? He tells them to turn the other cheek and to forgive seventy times seven, and then to add insult to injury, he willingly hands himself over to his enemies and dies a horrible, pathetic death. What a waste! In God’s eyes, and in the eyes of faith, Jesus lived the most successful life ever.  For me the past seventeen years of my life have been the most successful, painful, and fun.  So in the eyes of many I may be a failure–but success I believe is in the eyes of the beholder, and I believe God smiles at me

Forgiveness

November 7, 2011

Luke 17:1-6 Jesus tells us to forgive.  The Amish in Pennsyvania forgave the man who killed their daughters, I forgave the man who killed my son and tried to kill me, and I forgive people all the time for things they do and am asked “how can you forgive?” Like the Amish  have learned that unless you forgive you are not forgiven and hatred dominates your life, and destroys it.  We are called to forgive in order to live. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God

The Time Is Now

November 6, 2011

Matt. 25:1-13: I say to you. . .”Therefore stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

I look back and remember being told over and over–you have time, plenty of time–but now I have really very little time for life is fast moving on.  We are called to act now–to live now–to stop whining, stop bitching, and do our part. Last night in the Haight I gave out blankets, food, and socks to young kids.  They are but a drop in the bucket to the needs and we are called each of us to touch the lives of those in need. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Hospitality

November 5, 2011

Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27  Long before there were church buildings Christians met for prayer and Euchzaristic celebrations in each others homes. Prisca and Aquila, could always be counted on to show hospitality–and probably moved often because of religious persecutions. I spend time with people on the streets, and I always opern my door to people and to my friends.  I find in our society that we have lost a sense of hosptiality. I have to make appointments to see my friends–they are always so busy. The people on the street have long appointments. My friends wonder how I have time to see them when they call–it is easy–I put aside other things–like email, movies, etc, and see them.  People are the most important priority in the eyes of Jesus and we are called to show each other hosptiality. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!