We All Need Help!


We All Need Help!


“When we as Christians pray for Jesus to come again soon, we are admitting a truth that flies in the face of our cultural dependence on self-reliance. When it comes down to it, none of us are ‘self-made’ people. We did not choose to come into the world on our own. We did not choose our families of origin, our ethnicity, or our sexuality. While we were born with intelligence and with the capacity for learning, we did not arrive fully assembled nor did we come with instructions. The only instinct we had in the beginning, once our lungs were clear, was to cry out for help as loudly as we could.”

-Br. Jim Woodrum

We all cry for help, from the moment we are born. We cry for help in our constant grabbing for money, and material goods. Cyber Monday, Tuesday etc are all about each of us seeking help–help to fulfill our needs.

In our lectionary reading today Jesus feels the pain of that cry for help “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd.” He models for us the example of our calling to love and care for people, and in so doing, we too find help. Help comes from helping one another.

Jesus did not retreat from their suffering. The Greek word “splanchnizomai” describes how Jesus was moved to the inner depths of his soul when he encountered people who needed help. He did not retreat from their suffering but immersed himself in it, offering them empathy and compassion. Instead of giving himself an anesthetic he took risks, he touched, healed, and listened.

And that “ain’t easy”, to enter into the lives of people and to let them  enter into our lives. It   is painful, it can tear us a part, but in becoming more ragged we find healing, and meaning.

How does one move out of one’s tribe into the lives of people who are different from us–we just do it, and we listen, simply listen, and each of us will find healing. Be a listener! Be a healer!  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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