And He Went Throughout Galilee

Mark 1:29-39  “And He Went Throughout Galiless”

 Mascrina Wiederkehc writes:”I’ve never been very good at feasting on the daily newspaper. It turns bitter in my mouth. And yet, this is my world. This face of suffering I must embrace as a part of my responsibility. Part of the feast is becoming aware of the world that is mine. Part of the feast is owning this broken world as my own brokenness.

Each day I read the Chronicle, each day I leave the table angry, and each day I own the broken world as my own brokenness and in so doing I find the grace of God in working with one person at a time.

Hundreds of tents are lining Divisidero, more are sleeping in our Parks; our streets are full of people who are suffering.  It is not easy to face the reality of the suffering in our midst, and our part in that suffering through our economic and government policies that cater to our greed.  Our politicians say little if anything about the homeless, but much about the middle class and those who are trying to make money.

A favorite quote is that of David Rico: “I both reconcile myself to the fact of evil and commit myself to the work of goodness.”  Rather than shout for others to do the work each of us can feed someone, provide a blanket, provide  socks, provide a word of love and grace.  Out of the 800,000 or so people in San Francisco imagine what would happen if 10,000 people took a meal, socks and blankets out each day and spent time with those without housing,  and imagine the message it would send to the politicians. 

It all begins with one step, and those steps are painful, but I have found that life is painful and in the pain we find much joy and life.  In our Gospel Jesus went “throughout Galilee,” preaching and teaching and providing for needs of people. He was simply a man without a place to lay his head and he changed the world.  That is our call to simply help one person at a time.  We need to “own this broken world as our own brokenness.”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

temenos@gmail.com

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