Stay Alert!

STATE OF ALERT–    Matthew 24:42-51

“So stay awake! Stay alert!

Scott Peck wrote, “Life is difficult, once you learn that you will enjoy life.” This has been the best advice we can receive for you see if we can keep our sanity in the midst of the craziness of life, in the midst of the pain, life is hellar good.

Yesterday we visited a sixteen year old young man in the children’s hospital with sickle cell anemia, he is in constant pain. He was thrilled because of a new program of viewing movies in 3 D  which is a new program they are experimenting with  to reduce the level of pain. Jay was thrilled with the movie and being able to forget his pain–life is hellar difficult for him, but he said to me: “Life is fu..king good.”

The young man in the photo is homeless and travels, he has nothing, but Shane said, “Life is so much fun.” His sign promotes his view of life, “Smile and the world smiles with you.”

A group of “evangelists” yesterday confronted us with the question “how many people have you saved,” and we laughed and said, “who needs saving, we fed a hundred, and that is being present with them.”, Nevertheless they found us “unsaved.”  This scripture calls us to “Stay alert! now, to be about the business of bringing the reign of God in our midst, not the promise of a future day. Slave holders used the promise of after life as a salve to control their slaves, but the African Americans found the active presence of the reign of God in their midst, and from that people like Martin Luther King Jr, Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa, Father Damien of Molokai, lived out the reign of God in their midst.

We are called to “Stay alert!” to face the difficulty of life, to keep our sanity the best we can and see how life is good in all circumstances.  For in staying alert we are spiritually aware of the presence of the love of God in our life, the God who gives us hope, and joy in each breath, and the joy of helping our fellow creatures. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.S.T., D.Min. candidate, John Knox Seminary


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