“Keeping Your Eye on the Prize”

February 27 “Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize Matt. 5:20-26

SECOND WEEK IN LENT–JESUS INVITES US TO TAKE UP THE CROSS-Lenten Prayers for Hungry People-March 1-7

Genesis 17:1-7; 15-16

Psa.m 22:23-51

Romans 4:13-25

Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9

ACTION:

1. Do not throw away food.–Feed a hungry person–friend or homeless; Save it for Later.

2. “Fast from Indifference”–Pope Francis

3. When Driving Drive with the Other Person’s Welfare on Your mind–Do Not Participate in “Road Rage Mentality”

4. Do Not Participate in “Facebook Rage Mentality”.

5. Fast from “Facebook”.

“O God, you desire that all people should eat and be satisfied. As we follow Jesus and are transformed by his death and resurrection, may we spend our lives so that we may share in your bounty.

Our Scripture calls us not to judge, and yet around us all we read and see is judging. For example I know many Muslims–and all I have experienced from each person through the years is love, respect, and finding commonality. People who say things against me, who have tried to hurt me physically, always seem to carry the title “Christian,” and yet my Muslim friends are terrified in the City of St. Francis. It is always the few that hurt any group.

Secondly I have decided to “fast” from Face book during Lent. I will place my blogs on Face book when I write, but other than that I am staying off. The past few days I have found myself getting depressed, and angry at some of the replies to postings. I post various things simply to make people aware–to provide some form of thinking on the other side of issues, but some of the responses have frankly been hateful and angry, and it is depressing. Along with that is people expressing their fears about housing in San Francisco, and homelessness. I live on the edge, I work with homeless people, I get my hands dirty and bloody some times, and it is not about discussion or thoughts, it is about real life and it is painful when people say hurtful things or analyze without any first hand knowledge. . And so I am going to be about my business of working and serving, and let the rest go. Finally Face book takes me away from one on one contact, and that is the most important thing in the world. So if people want to respond they can call or email.

In conclusion and in summary I add two quotes which summarize this for me:

One of the ancient words in the monastic vocabulary is contentment, which is incredibly counter-cultural. Contentment: from the Latin contentus, which means enough, it means sufficient. It’s the opposite of a kind of appetite of acquisition. But it’s rather saying: now is what is most important, not what is new but what is now. One of the downsides of this capacity we have to be virtually present all over the globe is distraction actually pulling us away from where we really are now. But the Psalm says, “Be still and know that I am God.” And the Psalm says, “My boundaries enclose a pleasant land.” Contentment is about staying where you are, looking at it more deeply and realizing with deep gratitude that this is enough, and for this I am thankful.

-Br. Curtis Almquist

VegInspiration There is no greater act of love and freedom than to question the core of violence and disconnectedness churning unrecognized in the belly of our culture, and to switch to a plant-based diet because of compassion for the countless animals, humans, and future generations to whom we are related. All life is interconnected, and as we bless others, we are blessed. As we allow others to be free and healthy, we become free and healthy. Dr. Will Tuttle

I am going to focus on “keeping my eyes on the Prize, the Author and Finisher of our Faith.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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