Divine Foolishness

Divine Foolishness

Luke 14:1, 7-14

Last night I was thinking of my high school reunion that was in progress, with some sadness, reflecting on how much fun it would be to attend.

And suddenly my twenty year old friend Matthew, interrupts my thoughts when he  shows up. He was tired from foot ball practice, needed to study for a test, and simply wanted to hang. For three hours I lay on the floor as he read his biology text out loud. We ordered Chinese, and simply hung out like the old friends we are. It was a bright spot in the midst of people dying, and killing each other this week.

Around the time Matthew left, I received a snap chat from 19 year old Eric asking me to go to a Rave with him and two others. I enjoyed the night, coming in at 5 a.m. It dawned on me that in all likelihood I will still be going to Raves when I am 80 and the past is the past. I am their priest, and this is where for now I belong.

My life appears to be foolishness to many people because I spend  my time “not acting my age,” and doing ‘immature things” with young adults as I am reminded repeatedly. To me it is Divine Foolishness.

But the truth is I have a vision of a new place, the city of God. It is there that the losers–, the handicapped, the homeless, my kids, and all rejected by society will be honored at last.  Jesus, the mediator between this world and the next will welcome them, love them, into the fullness of the new covenant.

Each night as the day is ended with the praying of the Office I remember the words of Sr. Dorothy Stany who in her late 70’s was murdered for trying to improve the lives of people in the Amazon.

“I light a candle and I look at Jesus on the cross and ask for the strength to carry the suffering of the people. Don’t worry about my safety, worry about the people.”

And in trying to live that out the prayer I pray this prayer, by Fr. Henri Nouwen:

Dear Lord,

Today I thought of the words of Vincent van Gogh: “It is true there is an ebb and flow, but the sea remains the sea.” You are the sea. Although I experience many ups and downs in my emotions and often feel great shifts and changes in my inner life, you remain the same. Your sameness is not the sameness of a rock, but the sameness of a faithful lover. Out of your love I came to life, by your love I am sustained, and to your love I am always called back. There are days of sadness and days of joy; there are feelings of guilt and feelings of gratitude; there are moments of failure and moments of success; but all of them are embraced by your unwavering love. . . . O Lord, sea of love and goodness, let me not fear too much the storms and winds of my daily life, and let me know there is ebb and flow but the sea remains the sea.

Amen.”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

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