Holy Communion and the Streets


March 24, 2016


. . . . .The Master Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread.  Having given thanks, he broke it and said:

“This is my body, broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.  After supper, he did the same thing with the cup : This cup is my blood, my covenant with you.  Each time you drink this cup, remember me.” I Corinthians 11:23-26.

Tomorrow night all around the globe, millions of people will celebrate Holy Communion, in remembrance of the first Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday, The Last Supper.  Paul calls us to remember Jesus each time we partake of the Supper.

Tomorrow we will be working in the Haight, and on Polk Street. We will be walking the street giving out food, talking.  The food we give will be the body of Christ, which will nourish them and be physical signs of love to them.  The majority are scarred deeply, hurt by people, wounds that will scar them for life. Our vocation has always been to call people to be transformed, and being an agent of transformation means being aware of our wounds. We are very aware of the those wounds, and in that awareness we are aware of the love of Jesus of Nazareth. That love has been a transforming power in our life.

The Eucharist symbolizes the love of Jesus, the love of One, willing to pour out his blood that people may  find wholeness.  On this Holy Thursday, may people find wholeness as they encounter Christ in the food  and love given. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker

Fr. River Damien Sims

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164




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