Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

Matthew 6:7-15 English Standard Version (ESV)

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.[d]

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

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In eight days we will celebrate our 25 years in San Francisco, for it was on October 5, the Feast of St. Francis we moved into our Polk Street address and bought our first piece of pizza for a homeless kid.   We have learned several things in these years:

First, and most importantly, every aspect of life is dependent upon God. I came here an arrogant, sob, and I may still be arrogant, but we do have some humility. For I  have learned that even though we can run circles around eighteen year old’s, work physically as well as mentally hard, life is but a gift. Repeatedly through these years we have been brought low physically and emotionally, and  I  have  learned that our strength, our health,  is simply a gift, to treasure, and to eventually let go of, and all of our  being is dependent upon God. All is transitory–only God is eternal, only God is our strength!

Each day I pray “Give us this day our daily bread,” and we give thanks for that bread, and give thanks to share in return. I keep little, and share more because so many have not, and it can not be taken with us. We are completely dependent upon God.

Secondly, today is the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. In this age of large scale religious, societal, political, and climate change when our imagery is focused upon stock markets, and making money; border security, political advancement, and destroying our enemies, Christians are called not only to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, give drink to the thirsty, to embrace the outcast, but to transform society with our renewal of the our love of God only than will we be truly free, and have peace. Culture is transitory, only the love of God is eternal. St. Vincent leads us forward through the centuries on this journey.

Fr. Henri Nouwen describes a joyful vision of life and death, that helps us keep in mine our place in the scheme of things:

“Our life is a short opportunity to say yes to God’s love. Our death is a full coming home to that love. Do we desire to come home? It seems that most of our efforts are aimed at delaying this homecoming as long as possible.

Writing to the Christians at Philippi, the apostle Paul shows a radically different attitude. He says: “I want to be gone and be with Christ, and this is by far the stronger desire—and yet for your sake to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need.” Paul’s deepest desire is to be completely united with God through Christ and that desire makes him look at death as a “positive gain.” His other desire, however, is to stay alive in the body and fulfill his mission. That will offer him an opportunity for fruitful work.

We are challenged once again to look at our lives from above. When, indeed, Jesus came to offer us full communion with God, by making us partakers of his death and resurrection, what else can we desire but to leave our mortal bodies and so reach the final goal of our existence? The only reason for staying in this valley of tears can be to continue the mission of Jesus who has sent us into the world as his Father sent him into the world. Looking from above, life is a short, often painful mission, full of occasions to do fruitful work for God’s kingdom, and death is the open door that leads into the hall of celebration where the king himself will serve us.

It all seems such an upside-down way of being! But it’s the way of Jesus and the way for us to follow. There is nothing morbid about it. To the contrary, it’s a joyful vision of life and death.”

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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

Cranberry Chicken Breasts

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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