Archive for September, 2012

Faith

September 16, 2012

James 2:14-18  “for my part i will show you faith in the way I act.”  Friends often seem frustrated when I am with them because I will not talk much about my work–but the reality is I have been doing this for so long I am overdosed on human misery and the inhumanity to fellow human beings–I have to take a break, I see people hurting every day, I saw a young man beat up another last night.  I live my life simply by “for my part showing faith in the way I act.”  The cross I take up is giving my life in service in the face of the pain that I see. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

The Triumph of the Cross

September 14, 2012

Jn. 3:13-17–The Triumph of the Cross of Christ

The cross of Christ reverses every value–death becomes life, failure becomes success–it puts everything into question. It calls our materialism, our self-centeredness all into question.  Today with the deaths in the Middle East it calls into question the violence and the hatred–for the way of the cross is love–even to the point of death, it is giving our all for others–to the point of being a “tatted rabbitt.”  The Triumph of the Cross puts everything in question. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Scandal

September 13, 2012

Thomas Merton once said:  . . .My life is a slautary scandal, and that is another proof of the reality of my vocation.. .”

Last night I hosted a Proposition 34 event, one of the women present as a son in jail for manslaughter; all I could do was listen to her pain.  But in listening, God is present. I live my life in a way that scandalizes many people–I do not follow the “traditional” way of ministry, I work with people in ways that scare others–and I place my life at risk–but to me it is all proof of my vocation and I am thankful. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

The Now

September 10, 2012

It is strange how e try to stay young, look to the future, plan for the future, when in reality all we have is the “Now”. That is why I live in the “now”–do my best for the “now”. 
The difficulty, stated in its simplest terms, is not to hold on (tocling to passing things)! Not to hold on to the fleeting years, forexample. People at seventy tell themselves that they are as old as theyfeel they are, and therefore that they’re still young. Whereas the trueself tells us to ‘be our age,’ or, more profoundly, that NOW, since itis on the only point at which we make contact with God, is the best agefor us to be.” – Dom Aelred Graham, Zen Catholicism

Servant of Christ and Keeper of the Mysteries

September 7, 2012

I Cor. 4:1-5 “One should think of this way of us: servants of Christ, and managers of God’s secrets.”
Last night I sat with a young man, schizophrenic, and we talked about his life of sleeping at the Wharf, and not believing in himself, his total aloneness; another one at the meal had me hear his confession.  The text this morning fits–“servants of Christ and managers of God’s secrets.” And when people criticize me for being so single focused I think of his quote:
I share everything with Christ,   spirit and body, nails and resurrection. Christ . . . thou are for me my native land,   my strength, my glory, everything. Christ is my strength and my breath   and the wonderful prize for my running. It is he who enables me to run well. – Gregory Nazianzen, TheologicalPoems –

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Following Jesus

September 6, 2012

. . .”They left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:1-11

Yesterday I spent a very long afternoon with an old friend–she said I was self-defeated because I do not vote for presidential candidates. My thought was “lady” I do not vote for anyone who goes to will go to war and ingnores the poor,” and I am such a “self defeatest” I got stabbed serving my kids four weeks ago; then last night at a meeting with the police at a church I saw how disconnected people really are from what is going on around them. The police pushed the city programs for drug users and drunks without even thinking about the totality of their lives–go in a program, get clean,a get a job-made it sound so easy, so easy, and the people listening were scared to death–and no mention of what the Gospel calls us to do, none what so ever.  I am over whelmed with depression, just overwhelmed. I felt really out of place with my friend, and the people I sat with.  And I realized I have, really have left everything and followed Jesus, and as a friend of mine who has done the same told me years ago–“River, it is a lonely road, a lonely road.”  We live in such a disconnected, isolated society, that we have lost sight of what Jesus calls us to be–a people involved in the lives of all around us, and providing for the needs of those who have less, and loving and caring. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Intercessor

September 5, 2012

Intercessor

 

Luke 4:38-44 “..I must proclaim the good news of the reign of God.”

We dwell so much on “healing” as “fixing” that we lose sight of the reality that healing comes from within, it starts with us.  I am a healer, but a healer as one who is an “intercessor”–I do not remove symtoms but from my own experience of suffering, I carry the pain for another in order that they might come to an understanding of their lives. I walk with them. “To give for,” to “yield between” in their true meanings are each an expression of the love which “endures all things, bears all things, without any demand”. The good news of the reign of God is that God walks with us. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!.

 

Alone With the Jihadist by Aaron D. Taylor and The Gospel According to the Hunger Games Triology by G.L. Duncan and Andy Langford

September 5, 2012

I Corintians 2:1-5, “Except Jesus and him crucified. .”

These are two books which have at their center the heart of the indictment against war and against the state that wages war.

Both books point out that the more we pursue political powewr, the less we look like Jesus–whose sole agenda is to love God and serve people, instead of ruling with a sword–he ruled with a towel.

Both books–point out that in his crucifixion Jesus rejected the violent politics of the state and in his resurrection was vindicated.  Non-violent action is the call of discipleship because only in respect for life can we come to the conclusion of Thomas Merton:

“The whole idea of compassion is based on the keen awareness of the interdependence of all those living beings, which are all part of one another and all involved in one another.”

When we support a culture of death–we become the culture and suffer the consequences. 

Giving of Yourself

September 2, 2012

“You must be doers of the Word. . . .” James 1:17-18, 12-27

Tonight one of the older homeless people commented to me, “Father, you really have no idea how some of these kids look forward to seeing you–you are the high light of their day-and its not the socks and shit u give them–u give them yourself.”  Ultimately that is all I have to give is myself–it is not the material items I give–but in the giving of myself that God becomes present. That is what is important for all of us in giving–it is not the material goods–but the giving of ourselves that really makes the difference. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Talents

September 2, 2012

Matt. 25:14-30

In this parable of the talents I am reminded of how many talents, gifts, each of us is given–and how we use them. Last night a young man woke me up, scared to death, he has severe mental illness, and simply did not want to be alone; the one who stabbed me apologized to me last night–and I know that therapy and meds may help them–but again it might not. The reality is all things can not be fixed, it is not that black and white and Jesus calls us to use our talents without judgment in service of those who have few. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!