Walking Through Gotham City

Walking Through Gotham City

2 Corinthians 4:7-15

New Living Translation

“7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[a] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.

13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”[b] 14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus,[c] will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.”

In Service We Encounter God
“Radical servant hood does not make sense unless we introduce a new level of understanding and see it as the way to encounter God. To be humble and persecuted cannot be desired unless we can find God in humility and persecution. When we begin to see God, the source of all our comfort and consolation, in the center of servanthood, compassion becomes much more than doing good for unfortunate people. Radical servanthood, as the encounter with the compassionate God, takes us beyond the distinctions between wealth and poverty, success and failure, fortune and bad luck. Radical servanthood is not an enterprise in which we try to surround ourselves with as much misery as possible, but a joyful way of life in which our eyes are opened to the vision of the true God who chose to be revealed in servant hood. The poor are called blessed not because poverty is good, but because theirs is the kingdom of heaven; the mourners are called blessed not because mourning is good, but because they shall be comforted.Here we are touching the profound spiritual truth that service is an expression of the search for God and not just of the desire to bring about individual or social change.” Father Henri Nouwen
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    Late last night, and early this morning in the darkness, and grayness of the City, as I walk through the streets I am reminded of Batman’s Gotham City.
    Businesses are closed, their windows boarded up, and the workers in the one’s open are own edge.
    There are all variation of people on the street–the housed, homeless, and mentally ill, most wear masks, but all seem distant and in another world. They are nervous and afraid.
    Mayor Breed and the Governor seem to issue endless orders on staying in, businesses that are closed, and ones that can be opened. Seems like Big Brother is over us and around us.
    San Francisco feels like one of the ghost towns near Palm Springs where John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and others made movies so long ago.
    Theresa of Lisieux wrote: “But I want to seek the means of going to heaven by a littleway that is very straight, very short, a completely new little way.”
    Today in the uncertainty of these times seeking the little way brings light in the darkness, as we love and care for each other.
    For me each person I feed, give socks to, visit in the hospital, hang out with, listen to is the little way and brings meaning and hope  to my life. It keeps me going simply walking the little way.
    And the words of Paul sums up my hope, and my prayer for  each person who walks the little way:
We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus,[c] will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!
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    Father 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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