God and Neighbor

God and Neighbor Time

Mark 12:28-34

Today, I think of Sean, who volunteered once a week during his senior year in high school. He has just gotten his first job, and has started a non-profit named: “Give A Lunch: Make A Friend.” He simply makes two lunches away and gives one away every day, not to a stranger, but to a person–a neighbor–he encounters and calls by name. Sean encourages every one he knows to do the same.

If we simply look, listen, and sit without judgment we will come to face with ourselves in each person. In each hand that I hold, that suffers from homelessness, depression, drug abuse, loneliness, and broken, homeless or not, I see all of us. Recently someone asked a person on the street if I was that “priest” and his reply was, “No he is one of us.” We are all the same.

In looking at ourselves in the face, the words of Carl Jung ring true:

“That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ–all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least among  them all, the poorest of the all beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very enemy himself-that these within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness–that I myself am the enemy who must be loved–what then?”

We need to look our selves first before we judge others, it would really make our lives and those of others different, take it from one who knows, very personally.

Fr. River Damien Sims,

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

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