A Rainbow of Colors

A Rainbow of Colors

English Standard Version (ESV), Luke 4:16-30

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down.

Several years ago I was giving a presentation to a youth group. The adults repeatedly pushed me to talk about sexual orientation, until I turned my attention and looking them straight in their eyes said:

“The Bible describes in Genesis 1 the creation as a glorious rainbow of diversity in human beings and animals. A rainbow of being black, white, brown, yellow, mixtures, small, large, big boned, large boned, gay, straight, bi, transgender, non-binary, lesbian, and all of our unique differences.  Sexuality is who we are, but what I will discuss is the way we treat people, whether or not we follow the command of Jesus, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind and strength.” The Spirit of the Lord called Jesus to teach loving our neighbor and liberating the oppressed.

There was an article in the paper today about new findings on sexual orientation, and it ended  with the scientific conclusion: “We will never know scientifically, accept we know  that all of the animal creation is a mixture of sexual orientations.”

Christianity has been so obsessed with sex since St. Augustine that it has marginalized many, and basically under cut the Church’s witness to the Jesus, who proclaimed loud and clear he came to bring new way of non-violent, inclusive love for humanity. We crucified him, and we still crucify him.

Frankly I no longer identify by denomination, sexual orientation, or race, I see myself as a follower of Jesus, a priest, never the less, whose call us to  love, without judgment, no matter who–anyone.

Fr. Henri Nouwen brings us words of wisdom during this divisive time:

“If it is true that solitude diverts us from our fear and anger and makes us empty for a relationship with God, then it is also true that our emptiness provides a very large and sacred space where we can welcome all the people of the world. There is a powerful connection between our emptiness and our ability to welcome. When we give up what sets us apart from others— not just property but also opinions, prejudices, judgments, and mental preoccupations—then we have room within to welcome friends as well as enemies.” Henri Nouwen. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Bay Area Youth Led Climate Strike

Start: Friday, September 20, 2019•10:00 AM

Location:San Francisco Federal Building •90 7th Street, San Francisco , CA 94103

Host Contact Info:

dulce.ceballos.a@gmail.com

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

http://www.temenos.org

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