Archive for April, 2012

Following Jesus

April 15, 2012

Following Jesus

April 13, 2012

Jn. 21:1-14:  I can imagine how depressed he disciples where when Jesus died–they lost all–their hope, their vocations–and then when he came to them that evening when they were fishing–their lives had hope and were restored.  For me following Jesus is about NOW, not about the future. It is Jesus who gives meaning to every waking moment.  Last night in the rain I saw the face of Jesus in the people we served, their brokenness, and I see Jesus in my brokenness, and I see hope in the present.  In our fragility–we follow–we find hope and strength. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Silver and Gold Have I None

April 12, 2012

Acts 3:1-10

There are times I feel pushed to the bone, in so are as supplies. I have had volunteers complain that what I give is not enough; guys complain that my meals are not as good as another they have been served. In the end all I can can say to them as Peter said: “I don’t have any money to give you, but I give you what I have,” And I give them what I have, and most importantly I give them myself–my time, my attention, and my heart. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Christ Is Risen!

April 10, 2012

Jn. 20:11-18


Last night I fed 125 young men and women in the Haight. They were all so grateful, for socks, food, blankets. There was joy in their midst,and in the five hours I spent with them I felt Christ in each and everyone of them.  Every time I get down, Jesus seems to say to me “River” and I see him, and I saw him last night in each person I talked to. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


— Fr. River Damien Sims Temenos Catholic Worker Society of Franciscan Workers, Inc Po. Box 642656 San Francisco, CA 94164 415-305-2124


April 9, 2012

Matt, 28:8–15  Mary Magdalene has been called the “Apostle to the Apostles”, and yet the Roman Church and others condemn women’s ordinaiton==strange what power can do to men?  On a more positive note I found this piece which uplifts me:

The benefits [of the resurrection] are innumerable. To list afew:

    Our illnesses don’t seem  nearly so final; 

  Our fears fade and lose their grip; 

  Our grief over those who have gone on is diminished;

   Our desires to press on in spite of the obstacles isrejuvenated…

    Our identity as Christians is strengthened as we stand inthe lengthening shadows of saints   down through the centuries, who havealways answered back in antiphonal voice:    ‘He is risen, indeed!'”              – Charles Swindoll

Christ is Risen!

April 8, 2012

Mark 16:1-8

Christ is risen!  Tonight I have been out working among the poorest of the poor;  I have suffered the past few days from one who I knew on the street years ago, and what sustains me is that “Christ is risen!”  Without the resurrection, I would have fallen away years ago, without the resurrection I would not have the positve and sustaining attitude that I have–I would have been knocked into oblivion by the pain, despair, hate. Christ is risen, and he walks with me in my life–in the good times, and in the times of death–He is risen indeed!

For those of you in the Bible study I asked one final question: How does Christ’s resurrection sustain you in your life? Has reading Mark gotten you in touch with Christ?

Thank you for working with me these past weeks


April 8, 2012

Mk. 16:1-7 I think of death tonight: the death of thousands in the wars, from hunger; I think of the death of Trevyon Martin and thousands of those from street violence; I think of death in my own life—of a recent event of being targeted, a person losing his job, me feeling so bloodied, and him being so alone, so alone, , of the guys on the street into drugs, and living in poverty. We livein so much horse manure, and I will suffer this night, and hopefully with the dawn will come resurrection.


April 6, 2012

Today is Good Friday, and our thoughts go to the cross and to Jesus being nailed to that cross.  Today I think of the crucifixion in the lives of people, and in my own life.

I wear a hoodie daily. I remember nearly twenty years ago being told by a mother in Minneapolis that I was setting a bad example for her son by wearing a hoodie because only “blacks and gang members” wore hoodies.  Sterotypes persisted then, and they continue to persist.  I wear a hoodie today in memory of Trevan Martin, in memory of the thousands of young black men in Oakland who have periished at the hands of violence.  They have been crucified upon the cross of racial discrimination, steretypes and violence;

I have been called a “trouble maker” since junior high school. I have a friend who said “he is always making trouble,” my friend lives the most boring life, I might add.  I do make trouble, especially when I see a wrong being done, when I see injustice to individuals being done. I do “inflict the comfortable.”  These past few days I have been placed in a situation where I have spoken out about my own fears, but ultimately, my fear of wrongs being done to others, and now I face the darkness, the cross.  So I walk he path of Good Friday myself.

In all of this I am reminded of the biggest trouble maker of all–Jesus of Nazreth–who calls us out of our comfort, who dared speak out to the point of being nailed to the cross.  And today he is being nailed to the cross by our:

–indifference in the deaths of Trevyvan Martin and all young me of color who die at the hands of those who stereotype people rather then see them as human beings;

–in the lack of housing, food, and health care in our City, the nation, the world.

–in our indifference to those around us, to the needs, the pain, of those around us.


Today I call you to meditate upon the crucifixion of Jesus in our midst, and upon our total lack of indifference-to silently walk from station to station, to observe the pain around you, and to reflect upon where you stand with this.  Jesus is being crucified–are you being crucified with him or are you cheering with the crowds?


On Easter will you be raised with him?


April 5, 2012

Jn. 13:1-15

Fr. Raymond Suriani also said in his homily that now what’s extremely important for us to take note of on this Holy Thursday’s Last Supper celebration is the fact that this act of service performed by Jesus, that is, the washing of His apostles’ feet, took place immediately after the meal at which He instituted the Eucharist. This gives us the pattern that Jesus wants us to follow in our own lives: Eucharist, then Service I met this eighteen year old last night who said that every priest he met either wanted to suck his dick or wanted him to behave in a certain way, and I expected nothing in return, he asked me if I was “really a priest.”  Service to me means asking nothing in return–not expectations, not change of behaviour-nothing, for as I learn every day I am the “biggest fuck up of all,” and God loves me. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Betraying Jesus

April 3, 2012

Jn. 13:21-38

Theonly way you can be delivered from that sin is to have your falseexpectations destroyed, once and for all. And that is precisely whathappened between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Jesus drew the false,sinful expectations of the world unto himself, absorbed them, and borethem on the cross. His death was the death of all of our falseexpectations, and therefore his death was the death of sin itself.    – Edwin Peterman

Judas betrayed Jesus because of false expectations–of physical comfort, finanicial security, good health.  We sell our souls for these. Each time we turn our heads on the street, each time we sit in church and let a priest or some other person discriminate against queers, women who want and need birth control, and women who want to be ordained–we betray Jesus because of our false expectations.  Like Judas we want the quick and easy, and I believe a loving Father forgave and received Judas as he will us. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!