Breaking and Entering

Breaking and Entering

Wisdom 18:6-9; Hebrews 11:2, 18-19; Luke 12:32-48

Luke 12:32–48

32 r“Fear not, little sflock, for tit is your Father’s good pleasure to give you uthe kingdom. 33 vSell your possessions, and wgive to the needy. xProvide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with ya treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 zFor where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

You Must Be Ready

35 a“Stay dressed for action6 and bkeep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are cwaiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and dknocks. 37 eBlessed are those servants7 whom the master finds eawake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, fhe will dress himself for service and ghave them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 hBut know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour ithe thief was coming, he8 would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be jready, for kthe Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

41 Peter said, “Lord, lare you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is mthe faithful and mwise nmanager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 oBlessed is that servant9 whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, phe will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master qis delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and rget drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come son a day when he does not expect him and sat an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47 tAnd that servant who uknew his master’s will but vdid not get ready uor act according to his will, will receive a wsevere beating. 48 xBut the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, ywill receive a light beating. zEver

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus compares himself to a thief in this parable because thieves rely on the element of surprise. They break in when we least expect it, and they do not always look like thieves. That well dressed woman  we walk by on the Bart might be a pick pocket. Successful thieves are not deterred by the barricades we install either–locked doors, security locks, cameras and alarm systems.  Thieves know how to work around them. or better yet disarm them.

How does this apply to Jesus: Two thousand years ago he broke into our world in a surprising way: as a simple carpenter, turned wandering, preacher, walking the dusty roads of a backwater  place called Galilee. He came not employing force or power, but simply service and forgiveness.

Today Jesus remains the master of disguises: he breaks in using the the disguise of a baby, of an undocumented immigrant, of a street kid, a homeless older person, he enters into our lives in each person we see on the street.

“Jesus creates a home with all the neighbors whom we exclude, those we awkwardly walk around and look down upon. We are one big family. We belong not because of our ability, agility, or pedigree but because of our humanity, our vulnerability, our need.”

-Br. Luke Ditewig

And how do we do that? How do we get in touch with that sense of vulnerability to let our defenses down? Fr. Henri Nouwen describes the way in which we let Jesus into our lives to steal our hearts–and if we let him our very identity.
“Solitude molds self-righteous people into gentle, caring, forgiving persons who are so deeply convinced of their own great sinfulness and so fully aware of God’s even greater mercy that their life itself becomes ministry. In such a ministry there is hardly any difference left between doing and being. When we are filled with God’s merciful presence, we can do nothing other than minister because our whole being witnesses to the light that has come into the darkness.”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr, River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


Temenos Catholic Worker is in need of money for socks, and for food. Our finances are very low this summer. So we invite you to be a thief in the night and give and help those who have so little. Thank you!

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