John 21:15-19–Reflect

Ramadan, the Muslim period of fasting, is a way of identifying with those forgotten in our society who have no food, housing, or support. Our papers are full of articles about the homeless, and our Mayoral campaigns have plans for solutions.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast and pray from sun up to sundown, and remember the marginalized, at night they celebrate with a large meal, and pray. They feed the marginalized.

As we fast, as our stomachs starts to growl, and as we pass by restaurants where we normally eat, we get a sense of what it means to be with out–to not be able to have the money to buy something in order to go the restroom, to be unable to buy something to fill our stomachs.

Let us join the Muslims in this period of fasting, maybe just forego one meal a day,give the money to someone on the street,  and as we go about our daily business, to look at people on the street, and begin to see them just like us–insecure, lonely, afraid of friendship, hungry both externally, and internally, and reach out and walk with them as brothers and sisters. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

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