The Sin of Indifference

Father River

The Sin of Indifference

Luke 24-26

And he called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame. But Abraham said: “Child remember that you in your life time received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.”

This morning my shoulder is hurting, the pain shoots down my arm, my ribs where they were cracked, are hurting; and I have been having night mares from my PTSD the last couple of nights.  And so  in the last couple of days when I am asked  “How do you feel?” I have fun telling people directly how I am feeling and what is going on with me; I love watching them shift their bodies, and their glaze, and saying something like, “Your doctor should be able to fix that.” To myself I am laughing out loud. This is the time that we live in, we have difficulty dealing with people and their pain no matter how simple it is  and in doing this  we commit the sin of indifference.

We become the rich man in the Gospel this morning when we are indifferent. We do not intentionally ignore people’s needs, we just get so busy, and we are so afraid to listen and hear the pain of others, and in doing so we   commit the sin of  indifference. A new study  describes how since 2004 people are getting more and more lonely because they have fewer voice conversations, they are experiencing the sin of indifference. Depression and suicide rates are up, many people have a lack of meaning –they experience  the sin of indifference.

It is not only the poor, the homeless that are suffering from isolation and loneliness, many are suffering in the world of the housed  due to the sin of indifference.

Last night a lady from Gautama who once  worked at St. Luke’s Church taking care of the coffee hour, stopped by. She handed me $20.00 and said, “Father go out to eat, and I am going to clean your room for your birthday present.” It was spotless when I returned, and her act, her simple act made my day. I will get hundreds of face book birthday greetings, but this one act, will be remembered for as long as I live. She is a woman who has little and she gave so much to me. She showed her love by giving me her time. Her name is Luce.

Let us follow her example, show our  love for others by being present to them, by just listening, and in the simplest of ways we become Christ to others. 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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