Following Christ



Jesus Is Baptized and Blessed by the Spirit

Genesis 9:8-17 I Peter 3:18-22

Psalm 25:1-10 Mark 1:9-15

“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.” Mark 1:9-10

“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.” Psalm 25:4-5


O Christ, we give thanks that during this season of Lent you come into our lives with God’s salvation. Renew our faith in this good news so that we who are baptized in your Spirit may raise our voices on behalf of those who hunger in our world. Amen.


From the earliest days of the church and often today, Lent is a time of preparation for those who will be baptized into the Christian community at Easter. For all of us this is a season in which our faith in God’s steadfast love is renewed so that we might serve God and our neighbor.


One in four people go to bed hungry in San Francisco, and my guess it is that or more everywhere across our country. I carry food with me every where I go each day, for I am always giving some one something to eat. I feed young people, middle age, older people who have not had one meal all day. I very seldom walk out my door or up the street and have someone wanting food. This in one of the wealthier parts of San Francisco.

I invite you to take the blinders off your eyes as you walk around the City, and the cities in which you live, and see people who are hungry, and take one of them each day and buy them something to eat. Does not have to be much–a candy bar, a bag of chips, a veggie burger, a veggie dog–but look around you and see the need and seek to meet the need of one person. If each person in our City and your city did that no one would be hungry.


We begin Lent this Wednesday, February 17–and We Invite You to Join Us in A Combined Fast–Global Climate Change and Non-Violence: Below is a description of the combined Fast and Suggestions:

Global Catholic Climate Movement Calls for a Fast
“Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” – Pope Francis

In these remarks from his inaugural mass, Pope Francis made it clear from the start that all men and women of goodwill have a responsibility to one another as “protectors of creation.” Therefore, with one mind the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is organizing a Lenten hunger fast as a response to our present climate crisis.

Beginning Lent (February 18 – April 2) 2015, GCCM will organize a global fast for climate justice, joining the year-long #FastForTheClimate interfaith effort. In each of the 40 days, a different country will have Catholics and other Christians fasting.

The United States has signed up to fast on March 16th and FAN encourages its members to join us as we pray and fast in solidarity with those who are most affected by the changing global climate.


Each Friday during Lent fast from violence in some form. Some Examples are:

1. Not Watching Any Violent T.V. Shows or Movies.

2. Be Aware of Your Actions while Driving–Watch your anger at other drivers.

3. Watch the Words You Use Against your loved Ones.

4. Write A Letter to Our One of Our Leaders Protesting the War and other Acts of Violence Done In Our Name.

5. Refrain from eating Meat/Fish to show Respect to Other Sentient Beings.

These are just a few ways we can fast from violence, think of other ways, post them on Face Book, You Tube, Twitter, Tumbler.

Each Week We Will be Sending Out Lent Prayers for Hungry People.

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw

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