Coming In

Coming In For All Of Us

A Reflection on the Book Coming In: Gays and Lesbians Reclaiming the Spiritual Journey by Urs Mattman

Luke 17:11-19

“Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?

Scripture is sharper than a sword. Like a scalpel, it cuts through what is diseased and damaged, cuts through lies and confusion, cuts through the stories we tell ourselves, to reveal the truth. The stories of scripture surprise, disturb, confound and, with good intention, cut. We need help and practice to listen, to receive powerful, sharp, healing words of life.

-Br. Luke Ditewig

One television channel has announced there will be Christmas movies beginning October 25, twenty four hours a day–my thought is “O God, we will be exhausted starting Christmas early?”

But maybe we should start Advent early, a season of reflection. and  of meditation. 

Coming In: Gays and Lesbians Reclaiming the Spiritual Journey by Urs Mattman is a call to the LGBTQ community and it is a call to all of us to go into ourselves, and reflect upon the presence of God within us, and in so doing coming out with a sense of caring for everyone, letting go of resentment, hatred, and the boundaries of sexual orientation, race, religion etc, and moving into living out the Paul’s summation of faith “There is neither  Jew, nor Greek (white, black, LGBT. brown, red), there is neither slave, nor free, there is no male nor female for you are all one in Christ Jesus” Galatians 3: 28-29. We all need to “Come In” and look at ourselves and them “Come Out” in caring for our fellow human beings.

Jesus asked in our Gospel today, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? That is the question I ask myself all the time when I see the darkness of homelessness, and  mental illness, on our streets, that is the question that is asked when I see people walk by and say, “It is the governments responsibility?”

We talk of our past, the good and the bad, we judge one another and fight over political view points, rather than becoming one in Christ, meeting each other half way, and seeing our differences and working for a common bond. We need to come out and do the work of caring for people. Only when all of us are involved will there be the easing of pain in our midst.

It really is time for us to come home, and be grateful as Fr.Henri Nouwen tells us:

“How can we live a truly grateful life? When we look back at all that has happened to us, we easily divide our lives into good things to be grateful for and bad things to forget. But with a past thus divided, we cannot move freely into the future. With many things to forget we can only limp toward the future.

True spiritual gratitude embraces all of our past, the good as well as the bad events, the joyful as well as the sorrowful moments. From the place where we stand, everything that took place brought us to this place, and we want to remember all of it as part of God’s guidance. That does not mean that all that happened in the past was good, but it does mean that even the bad didn’t happen outside the loving presence of God. . . . Once all of our past is remembered in gratitude, we are free to be sent into the world to proclaim good news to others.”

Letting go of the past, being one in our care for one another we can come out, and bring hope and joy to others through our care for all who suffer, physically and spiritually.

Abiy Ahmed   sums it up in these words:

What we need to make our first and primary task – and where our struggle ought to concentrate – is upon ourselves.

We have to cleanse our thoughts from hatred.

Different political views and religion are our blessings, we have to conduct them with love.

Even if there are disagreements arising from our differences, we should side with justice rather than injustice – and correct our moral lenses.

Justice should be our main principle; love and respect for all human beings ought to be our moral compass.

This is our eternal job that cannot be completed and a work that needs to be always performed.

It is our lifelong assignment. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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