Transformation

TRANSFORMATION

I Corinthians 5: 6-8

6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Bread is a very simple food==four, water, oil, yeast, a small amount of sugar, and heat.  The yeast is a living organism, which eats the sugar, and the bread rises beautifully. In the same way our faith rises, as we nurture it with daily prayer, reading Scripture, and service.

Br. David Vryhof describes our journey of transformation: The call to follow Christ is a call to a lifelong process of conversion. It requires us to let go of our former identities – built on our gifts, our achievements, and our social standing – in order to embrace a new identity in Christ. It invites us to become changed people: people whose lives are characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and humility. It summons us to treat every person we meet with dignity and respect, seeing that they too are made in the image of God.”

People criticize, judge, and threaten us saying we are not really a Christian, all sorts of names, and we have the notes to prove it. In the last three and a half weeks we have been struggling with pneumonia, and are well aware of that thin line between life and death. What people say has ceased to matter.

Our twenty fifth anniversary reminds us that in these years our life has been one of transformation into the love of God and neighbor. The thin line, the thin place, between life and death is brought home by a quote from Father Henri Nouwen:

“Is aging a way to the darkness or a way to the light? It is not given to anyone to make a final judgment, since the answer can only be brought forth from the center of our being. No one can decide for anyone else how his or her aging shall or should be. It belongs to the greatness of men and women that the meaning of their existence escapes the power of calculations and predictions. Ultimately, it can only be discovered and affirmed in the freedom of the heart. There we are able to decide between segregation and unity, between desolation and hope, between loss of self and a new, re-creating vision. Everyone will age and die, but this knowledge has no inherent direction. It can be destructive as well as creative, oppressive as well as liberating.”

For us personally aging, living in the thin place, walking the tight rope are a way into the light, and we give thanks to God for our past journey, the present journey, and the coming journey into Galilee following Jesus. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

An Invitation to A Homecoming Feast Celebrating the

Twenty Fifth Anniversary of

Temenos Catholic Worker

Father River Damien Sims, Director

Saturday, October 5, 2019

6:30 p.m.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

1755 Clay Street

San Francisco, CA

An Evening of Celebration

With A Meal of

Honey Baked Ham

Vegan Corn Chowder

Cole Slaw

Dessert

Holy Communion and Sharing of Stories

Guest Speaker: Sara Solis, Daughter of Sue Haines, author of Are You Susan?

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min., D.S.T.               http://www.temenos.org

P.O. Box 642656                                                  415-305-2124

San Francisco, CA 94164

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