In the Waves of Time

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EASTER VIGIL

God in the Waves of Time

Gen. 1-2; Luke 24:1-12

We say God is timeless, yet in our first passage God sweeps over the water and time is cupped in God’s hands and poured out.  This passage lifts up a God who chooses to pour himself into the waves of time with us and promises never to leave. We are not alone.

That is the promise that sustains us  through the waves of time. Each moment brings us closer to the end, and we  know that God has cupped us  in his hands, and will still keep us cupped in the waves of time. The resurrection of Christ is the promise of God’s presence.

This past year there has been threats on our life, an attempt,  a threat of a serious illness, and the walking in the darkness with others who are homeless, suffering, afraid, hopeless, and dying.  We have buried people  whom we have been close to, and through those waves we know God has had us cupped in his hands.

People are always questioning us about our faith, and we frustrate them, because we have no answer accept that we experience God’s love, and we know Jesus as our friend, there is no rational answer; we are being questioned about why we are vegan, and Will Tuttle answers that, for we have no rational answer as well:

“Since the decision to become a vegan is at its core an ethical one, spirituality, which is the foundation of ethics, must be the foundation of veganism as well.
The spiritual element within us encourages us not to harm others, but to express love and practice compassion. Compassion brings the intuition of spiritual awareness into daily life as actions that serve to help and bless others. Veganism is clearly a vital expression of this compassion that springs from our felt sense of connectedness with others. While it may not necessarily be religious, at its core, veganism is spiritual, and it is an expression of love. It is a concrete way that we can all be lovers.”

What we have found is that there are no rational answers in life. Life is. It is like we can love people but that love means accepting them, for we can not change them-they can only change themselves through God’s grace.

We had an Easter Vigil tonight on Haight, young men and women were cold, worn out, many had had little to eat, all had struggled all day, and would go into the Park to sleep on the cold ground ,  but in those moments as they received the body and blood of Christ we felt ourselves being protected from the waves of time  in the cup of God’s hands.

On this Easter Eve, and the eve of our birthday we affirm that which we believe and live with our whole heart in the words of the Apostle Paul:

“the Christ  died for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells us; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day, again exactly as Scripture says; he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time. . .that he finally presented himself alive to me.” I Corinthians 15:3-9

We go into the year a head knowing we are cupped in God’s hands. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

415-305-2124

www. temenos.org

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