In Our Smallness We Bear Fruit

In Our Smallness We Bare Fruit

Matthew 7:21

“You will recognize them by their fruits!”

Fr. Richard Rohr writes: “It’s a gift to joyfully recognize and accept our own smallness and ordinariness. Then you are free with nothing to live up to, nothing to prove, and nothing to protest. Such freedom is my best description of Christian maturity, because once you know that your “I” is great and one with God, you can ironically be quite content with a small and ordinary “I”.”

In seeing ourselves with a “a small and ordinary I”, we can bare the fruit of love and care for one another. The guiding question for seeing our smallness and our humanness is one that we need to ask daily:

How do we treat people? Do we welcome them as God tells us to do or do we judge and dismiss them? Do we label, and place our own boundaries upon them and in so doing harm them?  That question demands our attention if we hope to gaze on the face of God.

There was a time that when we believed we had all the answers–we knew what people needed,  to live a higher quality of life and now we are embarrassed, in our pride, and arrogance.

For the greatest lesson that we have learned is to be as a little child–simply to take people in all of their wonderment, beauty, pain, and love them without judgment. And that Jesus teaches us to be uniquely aware of our own poverty–of our inability to save ourselves–asking God to meet our needs one day at a time. Give us this day our daily bread!  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Home Coming

An Invitation to the 25th Anniversary of Temenos Catholic Worker

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

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

1755 Clay Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

We would like to express thanks to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for her love, support, and care these past eight years, and to the her Rectors
Dana and Audrey who have been our friend and pastors.

You have been the incarnation of the body of Christ to us and to so many!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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