Unmistakable Similar

Unmistakably Simiar

Jeremiah 18:18-20

Matthew 20:17-28

The ministries of Jesus and Jeremiah  are remarkably similar accept they differ. Jeremiah initially speaks on the behalf of his adversaries, hoping to turn away “God’s wrath”, he goes on to pray for their deaths;

And Jesus? He came “not to condemn the world, but to save it. (John 3:17). In today’s Gospel he tells us, “not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” From the cross he spoke on behalf of his murderers, asking that they be forgiven, for they knew not what they were doing.

Monika Hellwig wrote: of Jesus, saying, “one who entered into immediate, shockingly unconventional relationships with people, not evading the human encounter by the choreography of the sociocultural role definitions.”

This is the call of Jesus, and this is the call for all of us. For nearly twenty five years I have sought to live out this call. I fail ninety-nine.9 percent of the time, but in the one tenth of percent I find much joy. Our sociocultural boundaries that we have built separate us, terrify many, and made us a people of loneliness, of division and isolation.

The boundary of Jesus is to “love our neighbor”, and in that love we do nothing to hurt them. In the past year I have often  turned away from loving my neighbor into myself, but as always when I come out of myself and enter into that: “shockingly unconventional relationships with people, not evading the human encounter by the choreography of the sociocultural role definitions,” I enter into “eternal life”. There is nothing but joy.

As it is with Jesus, so it is with us. If we take our discipleship seriously, the similarities are unmistakable.

Walking Station 5. “I am the Bread of Life.

“Always we are eating and drinking earth’s body,

Making her dishes.

Potters like sun and stars

perform their art

endowed with myth,

They make the meal holy. M.C. Richards).

We become bread for one another by standing near when someone is ill, both physically and emotionally, when someone is sleeping on the street with no housing, when someone is addicted to drugs, when someone is hungry and in good times offering friendship, partying, and food.

“How am I ‘Living bread for others? How am I not? How can I become living bread for and with others?”

“O Spirit, Teach me to become living bread and nourishing food for others. Teach me to seek out others who are living bread for myself and so we can together be living bread for others. Teach me how my work can offer living bread for others.”

Silent Meditation

See Who You Are. Become Who You See!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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