Archive for September, 2012

Costly Grace

September 30, 2012

James 5:1-6; Mk. 9:38-43, 45, 47-48  We are called to practice costly grace.  To give of ourselves to other people–of our money, our time, and our energy.  Human nature–be you homeless, poor, middle class, rich–basically summons us to be selfish–but Jesus calls us to be human–to give of ourselves.  A volunteer talkes about how different I am-because I give of myself to people–and I find it hard to understand a way of life but the reality people are basically selfish–Jesus calls us to “costly grace.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Differences

September 28, 2012

Lk. 9:18-22 What a difference beween questions:  “Who do the crowds say I am?”–a reporter’s question–a question asked by someone who remains neutral; “Who do you say that I am?”–you need to put your life on the line for this one–the word “suffer” means to allow”, to allow faith to penetrate you is to suffer–to allow ;yourself to enter into the life of another. I suffer each day–got a call at 2 a.m. from a girl in trouble; struggled all day to find rent for a guy suffering from AIDS. We are called to suffer for one another.

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September 28, 2012

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Meaning in Life

September 27, 2012

St. Vincient de Paul Ecc. 1:2-11; Luke 9:7-9

Eccliesaties calls attention to the futility of materialism, and of life outside being centered in the God who cares for all creation; Herod is an example who sought the same thing in power. All is futile unless one is centered in God–the God of love. I had a call from a man with a partner on disability being evicted; a woman was hurt last night–for me it is reaching out and seeing in them the broken body of Christ that the futility ends–meaning comes in relationship. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Empire of the Summer Moon

September 26, 2012

Luke 9:1-6

 

Empire of the Summer Moon by  S.C. Gwynn is a book about the conquest of the Native American population in the last years of the 19th century. It shows humanity’s inhumanity towards their fellow human beings on all sides-I see it on the streets each day, I see it in our international news.  I am reminded of a quote:

” Confronted with a cancer or a slum the Pantheist can say, “If you could only see it from the divine point of view, you would realize that this also is God.” The Christian replies, “Don’t talk… nonsense.”   – (Clive Staples) C. S. Lewis, Into The Wardrobe
(Creation is not-God, and sometimes fails to reflect the goodness and perfection of God.  This must be acknowledged; this must be responded to.) I respond by giving some bread, a cup of cold water–the Eucharist each day. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

 

Another Night

September 23, 2012

Mk. 9:30-37 . .They will kill him..if someone wants to be first let him be last of all. .” Tonight I talked a 23 year old into laying down his night after he drew it own me trying to get money–he is so spun out and so desperate for dope; a young man who was recently in one of the best treatment centers in LA. I am reminded in the darkness of this night again of my own mortality, and all I can do is trust in the One who loves me. People asked why I do this: simply because I see in the face of these young guys and women the bruised face of Jesus–how can I not love them.

Reap What You Sew

September 22, 2012

Luke 8:4-15 

Yesterday was the “Feast of St. Matthew”-=he left everything when Jesus called; and that is what the parable of the sower is about–we reap what we sew.  People have a hard time understanding why I live a life without much security–and the only answer I can give is that I chose to sew the seed of the Gospel.  I think of the way I live–yesterday i made a hospital call on a 23 year homeless kid, got kicked out of the hospital for using, last night; i did out reach last night; and spent the morning giving pastoral care to a friend; for me all of this is sacramental living–the means of grace comes in the moment, and for me living life in the way I do is simply growing up–accepting life with all of its pain, its insecurities, its fears, and its joys–and trusting in God.

Inclusiveness

September 20, 2012

Lk. 7:36-50

A woman of the streets paid Jesus the very courtesies that his host Simon the Pharisee had so rudely omitted–she washed his feet–Simon saw a prophet as someone who would keep the lineage of David clear–saint/sinner–he could not imagine a Messiah who would welcome sinners and eat with them.” For me this is what our call is about–welcoming the sinner and eating with them. 29 year old Jason was at my door this morning–I referred him to a shelter–I gave him time, speed freak, homeless, one of my “kids” i have known since he was 15; he has been beat over the head by the church because of being gay. The Jesus I know welcomes him, loves him, accepts him without question. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Mercy

September 18, 2012

Lk. 7:11-17

Jesus is the embodiment of mercy, steadfastness, loyalty, doing justice–and we are called to do the same. It is interesting to me that we always look for a candidate to “save us”, rather then frankly embodying the that service in our own lives–if we each shared of what we have–no one would want.  Last night I had dinner with a friend who has worked with this individual for years-she blames–his family, society, his mental health on where he is-rather then allowing him to take responsibility for his own actions–we all have forces around us–but ultimately it is how we choose to deal with them that our lives turn out.

Living in the Grey

September 17, 2012

Lk. 7:1-10

The centuran is an army man, and a pagan–and yet he showed a humanity that the “believers” seldom showed to Jesus.  We tend to judge everything from a black and white point of view–and and it is in the grey areas that we find God. Last night I met a young man who is struggling with being bi–he too struggles in the “grey” areas, and as I pointed out that is where you meet Jesus–I have found living in the grey areas is the place of the Divine. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!