November 20, “Weeping” Luke 19:41-44 St. Roque Gonzalez

“When the city came into full view, Jesus wept over it.”.. . .Lk. 19:41. .”Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag>’

I weep over San Francisco every day. I weep over the attitude of people. Last night a young man, dripping wet was crying. He had gone to one of our agencies and when he told them he was “traveling” and did not want to get off the street, he was turned away. The other night a person commented, “Well the homeless should move to the Midwest–they can not afford to live here.” I weep over the misguided and frankly plain ignorant attitudes.

I weep when people whom I love and respect, who mean so well, are so insulting. I am told a lot on birthdays, and Christmas, when I give them gifts, “You are supposed to be poor, I can not take from you.” I actually have far more than most people because I am willing to share. Two weeks ago a young man gave me a necklace he had made, and was trying to sell on Haight. I accepted it., like I accept all the gifts the guys give me–small trinkets, and sometimes they hand me a dollar, a quarter. Yes, they need the money–but they also need to express their appreciation far more, in the same way we all do. Our humanity is best expressed in our giving, and caring. I wear the necklace with pride, and he cries when he sees me with it on–more than money can buy.

I weep over people shutting their eyes to what is going on around them. From Thanksgiving through Christmas I very seldom have a meal with my housed friends because it is too difficult for me to move from one world to the next. The world of extreme poverty and the world of the “haves”. It is simply plain difficult, and especially when I can not share the pain, and the suffering that I see, can not share the number of suicidal calls I get in the wee hours of the morning.

And so I weep, and yet I rejoice in all that people do, and the love I see given. It is never black and white, always there is grey. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Most of us resist being told we’ve been indoctrinated. After all, we live in the land of the free, and we like to think we’ve arrived freely at the belief that we need to eat animal products and that it’s natural and right to do so.

In fact, we have inherited this belief. We’ve been indoctrinated in the most deeply rooted and potent way possible, as vulnerable infants, yet because our culture denies the existence of indoctrination, the reality of the process is invisible, making it difficult for most of us to realize or admit the truth.” Dr. Will Tuttle

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