Be Merciful!



“Be Merciful, Even As Your Father Is Merciful!”

Luke 6:36-38 English Standard Version (ESV)

3Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

Judging Others

37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Last night on Madam Secretary, Henry McCord (Tim Daly) was asked to address a conservative religious group and he was asked, how he could, being the liberal that he is. His reply, “Religion can be a unifying force.”

Our Scripture today summarizes that unifying force that is found in all of the great religions. When we put all of our bull shit behind us, and stand under that unifying force, the world is transformed. God entered in Christ in our human lives (God entered in other faces as well), and suffered at the hands of humanity. Jesus holds the hope, even as we continue our mess destruction of ourselves, for “religion is a unifying force” in mercy.

Brother James Koester sums it up in these words:

We can choose to forgive as we are forgiven or we can choose to bear our grudges and nurse our hurts.  We can choose to offer and embrace and receive that peace or turn our backs. We can choose to rach out and touch God who in bread and wine is made near and real and present or we can choose to go hungry.”



“How have I undergone vision quests or similar breakthroughs that have revealed my deep calling and purpose for being on this earth at this special time? How do I develop my courage to fulfill my calling?  How have I been empowered with gifts I have cultivated in order to be true to my vocation and recognize it’s deeper meaning, even when its outer form may undergo change?”

“O Spirit. Grace me and others with the courage and generosity to respond fully to my calling and see my work and relationships in light of that vocation. Grant me flexibility and creativity also to adjust that calling as the times dictate and as the needs of my culture require.” Teach me to give my generosity of time, and finances to those who sleep on our streets. Amen. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

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