From Ashes to Fire

Pentecost 2017

Acts 2:1-11, Ps. 104, I Corinthians 12:3-13; John 20:19-23

“We are all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, white or black, red or brown, LGBTQ or straight, slave or free, homeless or housed, and we all were given one Spirit to drink.” (I Corinthians 12:13)

On Pentecost the Holy Spirit pours out upon the world and we are called to join Christ in his work in human history. For me that work is best found in Matthew 25:31-46, where Jesus tells us to feed the hungry, give the thirsty something to drink, house the homeless, and  care for the sick and dying. From the ashes of Lent, a time of looking inwardly, and from the ashes of a life of no hope we are have risen to a life of hope, and a life of being the  infused with the Fire of the Holy Spirit.

I am always been questioned about various programs in the City, about what I think or what should be done, and I come back to simply feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, housing the homeless, and caring for the sick and dying. The early Church grew because she lived simply and tended to the needs of everyone. Each day I feed the people around me, I listen to them, I provide what I have.  This is my path.

On this Pentecost I renew my commitment to that path. And I affirm that in following Jesus into Galilee there is hope, always hope, in the midst of death, drug addiction and homelessness. It begins with each of us, and in each of us we can live out a life of love in action that fans the flame into the Fire of the Spirit.

I conclude with these words written by the Rev. Dana Corsello:

“Life is short.

We do not have much time to gladden the hearts

of those who travel the way with us.

So be swift to loved.

Make Haste to be kind.

And the peace of God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–will bless you and be with you always. Amen”


+Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min.

Temenos Catholic Worker

Franciscans Against the Death Penalty

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