Archive for August, 2013

August 22, 2013

This book touched my heart and enlivened my spirits. I live in the heart of the City, I work with people who have little hope, use drugs, and I find myself simply wearing out.  This book brought renewed hope.  It is a book of Bahson’s spiritual journey in find Jesus in the soil and in working with ecological farms.

 
Several nuggets I found in the book:
 
At Mepkin Abbey, one of the monks commented: “I see work as a very incarnational. Jesus became flesh, muscle, sinew. He put his body where the question was and then he walked the question….That is until away avails itself to the seeker. A way which becomes the Way, followed by a sudden and overwhelming desire to walk in it.”  In North Carolina he quotes Rosetta at the Lord’s Acre:  “Food nourishes people. It’s creating justice on all different levels. When people are fed, they are warm and relaxed. It’s how you reach people.” And like her I prefer feeding people to marching in protests.
 
I do a lot of hard, heavy cooking, I feed a lot of people a week, it is at the heart of the ministry that I do–to me it becomes the Eucharist to those I serve, and this is what Bahson is saying in the food produced by the soil Jesus becomes present. He calls us to get back to the land, to renew our environment through our actions., Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God! —
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August 21, 2013

Mt. 20:1-16

 

“So will it be; the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Recently there was an article stating that people 40 or over are passed by for tech jobs–under 30 is the new age bracket–the reason–cheaper, no family, committment. In my work history I have been always chosen after others have turned the offers down–our Scripture says that God the landlord will be looking for people up to the final hour and God treats everyone equally–he/she does not go by efficient working, but by INCLUSIVE LOVING.

 

Today the Bradley Manning verdict will come in, and as I have followed his case I think of a young man, who is struggling with his sexuality, and all sorts of things really alone.  In the midst of all that he did what he thougbt what is right, and true.  Some have crticized him for recanting, hell I would never have done what he did, I am too big of a coward–no in the midst of his frailties I see a young man struggling with who he is, and has high idealism. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

 

VegInspiration From the outside, it may look like and be called “veganism,” but it is simply awareness and the expression of our sense of interconnectedness. It manifests naturally as inclusiveness and caring.

It’s no big deal, for it’s the normal functioning of our original nature, which unfailingly sees beings rather than things when it looks at our neighbors on this earth.

August 21, 2013

Judges 6:11-24; Mt. 19:22-30

 

Anthony de Mellow tells a story of a person seeing a naked child on the street, and the person asking God “What are you going to do about it?”  And God replied, “I certainly have done something, I made you.” Maturity comes when our world opens up and we sede that we are not at the center of it.  Whether I am in Santa Cruz, LA, New York, Palm Springs, I encounter homeless people and I am always reminded that I was made, along with all people to do something about it.

Will Tuttle comments:

Refraining from eating and using animals is the natural result of seeing that is no longer chained within the dark and rigid dungeon of narrow self-interest.

August 18, 2013

August 18, 2013  Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Heb. 12:1-4, Lk. 12:49-53

 

I am often asked, “Do you feel lonely?”  And the answer is “No”, not for along time, for I have come to understand that I am surrounded by “a great cloud of witnesses”–my parents, teachers, friends, Jesus, Dorothy Day, Damien, Francis–I am not in an armchair but in a race, moving forward, drawing on my strength, persevering–and when I meet obstacles I can look to Jesus, who faced and over came worse. Yesterday during Elizabeth’s ordination I thought of the decades of my ministry–like the worn, tattered rabbit you become and so I persevere and become more tattered. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

August 18, 2013

Jos. 24:14-29

 

I attended the ordination of a friend today, and I remember my first, in wich the bishop told us that “we would wait tables,”. And tonight as I prepared food for the guys and for the reception at St. Lukes tomorrow I laughed, I do wait tables, I wait tables in churches–and on the streets, literally wait tables; and I wait tables in sitting with the guys in their pain-John talking of his girlfriend dying last night, Wade, with his heroine habit.   I remember struggling through the years, with depression, and fear, and then I realized, I either served Jesus or I did not and so I follow–in season and out of season. I wrote many years a go my mission statement for my life–and as I move into it, I find it is what holds me together in Jesus:

 

The best summary for my mission in life can be found in the state that “obedience to Christ does not consist in propaganda, nor even in stirring of people up, but in being a living mystery.  It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.” To be a living mysterymeans to practice the works of mercy in the words of Dorothy Day–“To the point of folly”,. . .”I am a free lance, a tramp, a vagabond for Christ. I must go until Christ’s work is done. .I go like the wind. Kawaga”.

August 16, 2013

Josh. 24:1-13; Mt. 19:1-12 St. Stephen of Hungary

 

Cutting through the violence, the anger of the Old Testament one can hear the still small voice of God calling us to serve him.  In the Scripture from Joshua, the people are called to choose God or the “gods”. For me my faith in Jesus holds everything together, and opens me to new vistas. It is not about holding tight to tradition, but expanding, letting it grow.  When I was ordained to the ministry I became a “keeper of the mysteries,” the tradition of Jesus–that brings new life. This quote sums it up:

True progress is not found in breaking away from the old ways, but in abiding in the teaching of Christ and His Spirit in the Church. There is an apparent contradiction here, for how can we abide, and yet advance? It is a paradox, like much else in scripture; but Christian experience proves it true. Those make the best progress in religion who hold fast by the faith once for all delivered to the saints, and not those who drift away from their moorings, rudderless upon a sea of doubt. – Henry Barclay Swete (1835-1917), The Life of the World to Come

August 15, 2013

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin/August 14/15, 2013-I Cor. 15:20-27; Lk. 1:39-58

 

On this eve of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary my heart is filled with sadness. Last night a man through ammonia at us during needle exchange and the meal, shouting, “Fuck you drug addicts”;  three young men were fighting over a back pack and one tried to stab another at the same time; later in the Haight I set with one young guy who had been stabbed because he would not give up his bike. I look at Mary and her actuality is our possibility She is a living testament of our resurrectional possibilities. . .”Christ has geen raised from the dead and he comes before all those who have fallen asleep.”I Cor. 15:20). Mary’s hope, is my hope, her possiblity is my possibility, her hope is our hope, and her possibility is ourpossibility. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

August 13, 2013

Mt. 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 St. Hippolytus, St. Pontian, August 13, 2013

 

I prefer working with young people because for the most part they are not judgmental.  Look at their attitude on queer marriage, they are open and flexible. For when we are young we do not have the ambitions that drive us, we appreciage the moments of life.  Rumi said: “Out beyond the reason of wrong doing and right doing, thee is a field where I will meet you there.”  That is the heart of the young. That is my heart, and when I get judgmental I move away.  Thersa of Lieux talked about “my little way.” For me “my little way” is to seek with all my heart to live beyond the field of wrong doing and right doing, to live simply without judgment–to live with the wonder of a little child.  That is life. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God

Veganism kindles a deep sense of peace in nature and of kinship, fellowship, and harmony with all life. It encourages a sense of inner richness that keeps growing and deepening as years go by, a sense of gentleness and of purpose. Will Tuttle

August 12, 2013

August 11, 2013, Feast of St. Clare

Dt. 10:12-22, Matt. 17:22-27

 

On this Feast of St. Clare I remember the woman who lived simpy–serving the poorest of the poor, eating no meat, standing up to the Church, and standing with her brothers and sisters in their hunger and suffering.  God “set his heart in love on your ancesters alone,”–even though he had all the heavens.  People are difficult, cruel, vicious, fatal.  On my body I bare  scars to that anger–but God loves us, works with us, and calls us to do the same. 

Our human spiritual evolution is a calling to liberate ourselves and the animals we hold in bondage. It’s founded upon recognizing the unity of cause and effect: whatever seeds we sow in our consciousness we will reap in our lives.

The ancient teaching holds true: “Hatred ceases not by hatred, but by love. This is the everlasting law.” In the end, as Mahatma Gandhi emphasized, we must be the change we want to see in the world.  Will Tuttle

 

 

August 11, 2013

August 11, Wisdom 18:6-9; Heb. 11:1-12Lk. 12:32-48

 

The Book of Wisdom reveals that the people of God agreed to the pact by which “they would share alike both blessings and dangers.” Faith involves receiving blessings from God and walking a dangerous path.  I have found that as I let go in faith, the dangers are less fearsome.  I walk looking to the Hope, and all is well. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!