Call Me


Mark 4:25-41  “Call Me” Mohandas Gandi

Last night it was raining, and there was a young guy in the door on the Haight. I gave him some food, a blanket, socks, and I could tell he was not feeling well. He told me he was sick, and was going to a friend’s. I handed him my card and told him to “call me”, night or day if he needed help, or needed to go to the hospital. He reached out and hugged me and started crying, and said, “River no one ever tells me to call them if I am sick.”

This is what it means to be human to reach out and be present to people. In the book of Exodus we read after the death of Joseph and a new King came to power: “The Egyptians go so they couldn’t stand the Israelite ‘s and treated them worse than ever,. . . .”  I see that in the way we are treating homeless people. They are being treated worse than ever. And we are as responsible as those who do it when we turn our eyes away.

As Christians, and people of all faith traditions, and as non-believers we are called to look a person in the eye and say “call me”, show them we care. The two times I had to go to the emergency room this past year two friends went out of their way and took me–and that meant more to me than anything in the world,–they cared enough to be with me.  Reach out and say to people, “CALL ME!” Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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