How Much Do We Care?

How Much  Do We Care?

The Rich Man and Lazarus–ESV

19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.[a] The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

For weeks now we have slept about three or four hours a night. We see hundreds of people sleeping on the street, we feed many, listen to many, and lead  worship for some. Their pain, their faces and desperation are haunting. When we leave  them we  go home to a nice room, we  eat great food, we go to the doctor; they do not have that privilege, those are  gifts for us and they should be gifts for all of us.  We meet many who have minimum wage jobs, live on social security, and they sleep in their cars, the shelters, and the street. We can not sleep, their faces are always before us.

In reading the story of Lazarus we are reminded about a man who when going to his office everyday, noticed a ragged looking child sitting outside the building begging.  This irritated the man who asked God everyday why God did not do something about this. One day he heard God’s answer: “I did do something. I created you.”

The question for us is not how much do we have to give, but HOW MUCH DO WE CARE?

Prayer by Martin Luther King Jr.

“We will have to repent in this generation, not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of all willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Amen. “

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Home Coming

A Celebration of 25 Years of Service of Temenos Catholic Worker

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

1755 Clay Street

San Francisco CA

Service of Holy Communion opened (Gluten Free wafers, and Non-Alcoholic Wine)

A Home Cooked Meal by Fr. River Sims of:

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham

Cranberry Orange Chicken

Vegan Corn Chowder

Southern Cole Slaw

Dessert cooked by Ms. DinaTiedge

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

 

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