Listening in the Fog

LISTENING IN THE FOG  I Corinthians 1:17-25   Matthew 25:1-13

Last night at 2:30 a.m. I received a phone call, and nineteen year old Jason  had been cutting himself. So I went up to the Haight on the edge of the Park, took Jason a   hamburger and fries, and sat with him and listened. I cleaned his arm and bandaged it and just listened, for two and a half hours. He wanted me to stay until he fell asleep, and so as the fog surrounded us in its beauty, I continued to listen. Jason  fell a sleep, I sat there and listened. The fog covered everything, and there was a peaceful feeling surrounding us. As the sky brightened, I pronounced a benediction over Jason, who was  sleeping peacefully and came home.

For me this is what Jesus is suggesting when he says to be ready, not for his future coming, but for his coming in the moment. Today at noon I had lunch with an attorney friend, and he took half his lunch  and gave it  to one of the guys, he was ready.  We need simply to listen, to hear God speak to us in the needs around us and to be ready.

The cross is foolishness to the world, it is foolishness to get out of bed at 2:30 a.m. and sit with someone whom you only met twice, it is foolishness to take your good lunch and give to a homeless guy but through the folly of the cross we see the presence of Christ in each human being. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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