Generous to A Fault–Jamie

Generous to A Fault–Jamie, Cooking With the Fallen Ones

Laborers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius[a] a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’[b] 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”

Jamie is twenty one. He uses meth. Presently his parents have him locked down in his room to try to keep him from using, with the threat of not giving him a place to live, if he uses. So he sneaks out, and gets his meth, and returns. His life is one high, one frustration, and like he says “I fucking feel like God, when I am high.”

Addiction is not just about physical addiction, but there is the spiritual element, the element of having hope and meaning in life. I would have been where Jamie is presently if I had not, and still have, my faith in Jesus.   Spirituality in its many forms, and many faces of God, connects us to others, and we want to give generously. 

The Parable today illustrates that God is a generous giver, he gives equally to everyone. If we gave equally to every one all would have enough to eat, everyone have health insurance, a place to live, and from what Jesus tells us we all would have meaning in our lives. People criticize me for my generosity, but the reality I give is because Jesus has given so much to me and in that giving I find meaning, hope, and I find Jesus present in my neighbors. I always pay everyone the same thing when I hire people, whether they work an hour or eight–simply to remove the greediness, and see each person as the Christ.

There are many faces of God, and each face calls us to share abundantly, to find meaning and hope.  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.\

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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