Day By Day

Day By Day

Mathew 11:7-15

“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

“My life is based on pain, passion, and purpose.”

Rep. Elijah Cummins

A fifteen year old in the Haight called me crying. Shane told me the police had “killed my puppy.”  I listened, simply listened, and then in the paper this morning there was an article about a homeless camp being cleared in Oakland and the dogs of the homeless was shot. To me this is the most cruel thing that can be done, and shows where we have gotten to as a society.

This afternoon I listened to a history piece on Jones-town, and the author compared the President to Jim Jones–one who can rouse emotions, that inspire people to discriminate and do harmless things. So what can one do? Take it day by day.

Today I also noticed that I am back to my daily tasks-hospital calls, listening and feeding people, preparing for an exhibition tomorrow, and having two friends stay all night, both I have known since they were one 12, the other 14, and now are 23 and 30. This is what is done day by day.

And my prayer is that in these tasks one message is given:

“The values of the world are killing us. They are poisoning the creation around us. Maybe it’s time to take seriously the invitation of the gospel, and discover the fruitfulness of humility, service, and sacrificial love. Because in Jesus we see that it is those things, not power, strength, and riches, that lead ultimately to life and to life eternal.”

-Br. James Koester

My two tasks are to be loyal to God, and be loyal to my friends, and my friends are my street kids, and any one I encounter, and in so doing “take seriously the invitation of the gospel, and discover the fruitfulness of humility, service and sacrificial love. Because in Jesus we see that it is those things. .that lead ultimately to life and to life eternal.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

Post Office Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org.

415-305-2124

 

 

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