Dying Leads to Love

Dying Leads to Love

Luke 14:27-30

“Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost and see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, “This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish?. . .(Luke 14:28-30. .”Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me can not be my disciple Luke 14:27.”

    Jesus  emphasizes that he saw life as of eternal significance, and that his human life was not his own, his birth came with a mission. In the tenth chapter of Matthew Jesus says: “Whoever finds his/her life will lose it;. .”

    In the Eucharistic Liturgy we are told to “See who you are; become whom you see.”

    The cross that we are called to carry is to let go of our egos”, or in the words of Ram Dass, “To become a nobody.”

    In becoming a “nobody” our egos are replaced with an understanding that we are a part of creation, and we seek to take care of all creation. To live simply, to care for the sick, dying, homeless, imprisoned, animals, and our environment.

    For us to live we have to die to our fears and become “nobodies”, to give up our desire to be a  “god in one way or another, and to trust in the One who created us and loves us.

    Fr. Henri Nouwen reminds us that dying leads to love:

Am I afraid to die? I am every time I let myself be seduced by the noisy voices of my world telling me that my “little life” is all I have and advising me to cling to it with all my might. But when I let these voices move to the background of my life and listen to that small soft voice calling me the Beloved, I know that there is nothing to fear and that dying is the greatest act of love, the act that leads me into the eternal embrace of my God whose love is everlasting ).”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Tonight we remember and celebrate the life of “Resin”, forty years old, outside  the Windsor Hotel, 238 Eddy Street, 7:00 p.m.

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

P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

punkpriest1@gmail.com

415-305-2124

 

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