Luke 14:25-35; Luke 15:1-10

It is 4 a.m., yesterday 3 a.m., I wake up in a cold sweat, soaked, from the night mares, and lately from the pain in my shoulder, a knife wound, and being hurt physically a number of times.  Saturday night a friend’s mom made a bed for me, and I lied to her about why I did not stay, it is the night mares.  The mental health field calls it “PTSS”, for me it is the Angel of Death circling, reminding me life is short and get my but out there and do the work. The call is irrevocable!

Having lunch with a priest friend yesterday she asked me “How much longer are you going to to this work?”  And I think of a quote by Ralissa Maritain,

“I have the feeling that what is asked of us is to live in the whirlwind. .to pray incessantly… in fact to let ourselves pitch and toss in the waves of the divine will till the day when it will say, “That’s enough.”

I will do the work until the Divine says, “That’s enough,” and it is easy for those of us of privilege to turn our eyes away from the needs of others and to not do the work.

Jesus is blunt in his words in the Gospel of Luke, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and sisters, yes, even his own life, he can not be my disciple. .So therefore any one of you who does not renounce all that he has can not be my disciple…….”What man of you having a hundred sheep,  if he had lost one of them does not leave the ninety and nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost until he finds it.”

Those are blunt words, harsh words, and what I believe he is trying to do is to knock  some sense into our heads, and remind us we are all brothers and sisters and we have responsibility to one another. We are to share of what we have, and by sharing–our finances, and our lives–getting our hands dirty. Looking people in the face, and walking with them on the same level. Painful, sometimes dangerous, but we are all called in some way to do this, but the call is irrevocable.

Little Sister Magdeleine towards the end of her life commented,

“To be a contemplative will mean simply that you try to turn to Jesus within you and enter into conversation with Him, as with the one you love the most in the world.”

In so doing we realize that we are all brothers and sisters, and we are called to love one another until “divine will . .will say, “That’s enough.” For our call is Irrevocable! 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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