We Are All One

“The are the children of Israel. . .and from them according to the flesh, is the Christ.”
In the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist, at its most solemn moment we recite the prayer with the expression, “sacrifice of Able, sacrifice of Abraham, sacrifice of Melchisedek.” In these phrases anti-Semitism ceases, for we are all one. The promise was made to Abraham and his descendants. Through Christ and in Christ we are spiritual descendants of Abraham—if not than this white gentile would not be welcome. We have been adopted in Christ and we are Semites.
Last night I was hanging in the Haight, giving food, socks, talking, and as the young dirty, ragged kids came to me I saw in their eyes a vulnerability, that I feel and see all the time. In their tough demeanor, their loudness, their cursing, they cover it up, but in moments like these they are simply fragile human beings, who are living in the moment. These guys are not welcome in our restaurants, our rest rooms, our homes, our places of worship—they are exiled to the streets, and in each one I see such vulnerability and I experience so much care from them. I feel so vulnerable these days, and I try to cover it up. I say things I should not say, I react to people in ways I should not, and so I stay to myself. These guys understand that vulnerability, they understand that fear. One of the reasons I have stopped taking people out on the streets with me is simply because they do not see beyond the dirt, the feces, the anger—and react from their own fears—and that reaction is often painful, and hurtful, but when you move beyond those fears you see beauty—you see Jesus.
This morning as I lift the Bread, and the Cup I am reminded that we can find contentment in the moment, knowing that we are loved by God—“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker
Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164

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