Meeting on the Fluke

Meeting on the Fluke

“The Baptism of Jesus”  Acts 10:34-38; Luke 3:15=16; 21=22

Recently an acquaintance told me that it was on the “fluke” that we met. I was giving out food on the Haight one Christmas and he ran into me.  He wants to meet people the “normal” way he continued.  I have another acquaintance who always asks people, “How did you meet River?”  Because the people around me are always so “different.”

“Being normal” becomes a problem  when  we set up perimeters which includes our expectations and prejudices around the people we meet.  And in being “normal” we become a tyranny with people who are “different.”  I am reading a book which describes Christianity as a “queer spirituality”, for Christianity came into being “outside the boundaries” of society.  It is outside those boundaries where we meet God and truly become human.

-Br. David Vryhof tells us that:

“Jesus ignores the boundaries imposed by acceptable religious and social practice, and openly disregards man-made laws and regulations in order to show compassion. He consistently lets sinners and outcasts know that they are wanted and loved by God, even if they are despised by everyone else.”

Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

Fr. River Damien Sims]


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