Live Today As If It is Your Last

LIVE TO DAY AS It Is Your Last

Isa. 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

First Sunday in Advent–and yes I am early

 Twenty three years ago in October I sat with a group  exploring the Catholic Worker way of life, all working full time, and all in their late fifties. Each one was looking forward to retirement and than to becoming Catholic Workers, to work with the poor.  Fr. Frank Cordaro will never know how grateful I was to hear him speak, for that day I decided to “retire”, and in retiring I came to San Francisco.  I have been “retired” ever since, for I live each day as if it is my last, for today is all we have.

Advent is a season of hope. Hope in the promise of  God coming to bring redemption to his people. Today I viewed the movie Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk, a movie of a young soldier coming to terms with his place in life.  In war he faced reality square in the face, and everything changed.

I am continuing my own “long half time walk.”  On Thanksgiving we served food to the young adults in the Haight, they had so much hope in their voices and their out look.  Hilaire Belloc said: “Kings live in palaces and pigs in sties but youth in expectation. Youth is wise.” They were the supreme example of that quote; that night we served dinner at one of the shelters. All were older men, and they were the complete opposite–they were cast down, no hope, and simply trying to survive day to day. Some of these guys I have walked with since they were young adults.  So where is the hope?

Hope in our government? Hope in God? Where is the hope for both the young, and the older who have been beaten down, and will continue to be knocked down?

Hope for me is born a new in Christ each day. I have given up on the system. The system always fails.  But my hope comes in each person who meets Christ in these men and women, and are touched by their lives. A Physicians Assistant and a Nurse Practitioner hung out with me yesterday, and they touched the lives of those they came in contact with. My hope is in the individuals who walk with these guys as equals, who love them, and in going back to tell others, and bring the human face to homelessness, drug addiction, prostitution, and mental illness and  bringing  home the reality that we all are in the same boat, we are the same, some of us just have not been as lucky. 

I am on that “long half time walk,” and I live in expectation, I refuse to live in the past, but in expectation of the reign of God in our midst.  

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

415-305-2124

http://www.temenos.org

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