Love Your Enemies!

ve Your Enemies!

“Love your enemies!” Luke 6:35

“My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”

    Yesterday I awoke to darkness at 10 a.m., and the orange that colored the sky reminded me of a dystopian time when our environment and life have been transformed by the actions of humanity. Life as we know it will know more.

    In all of the media it talked of the wildfires, etc, and off-hand mentioned climate change, yet there was very little mention of the pain, and the loss of homes and life that is occurring; in San Francisco, we hear of the City’s efforts with homelessness; yet we do not hear of a young man sleeping on the street without a blanket; another diagnosed with the virus, and again, a place can not be found for him, and he has no clothes or blanket; we do not hear of the young mother who has not had food in two days; or of the hundreds, if not thousands who go without food each day-in the wealthiest city in the country.

    We do not see the vast gap between our way of living–we move from one part of San Mateo County where there are large houses, well-groomed yards,  where predominantly white people live,  whose servants are brown, then not too far away are the brown and black neighborhoods where many have little food, and sometimes no plumbing; we go across the bridge to Marin, and we move through Marin City, to “The K”, where the Hispanic population is crowded three or four families in an apartment, the virus has tripled, and go a little further down the road were, for the most part, the predominately wealthy, whites live, without one thought or knowledge of their presence. There has been a huge fuss over our Congresswoman breaking the boundary of social class to have her hair done–yet we hear nothing of her driving through the Tenderloin where the poor live,

    The great divide of Lazarus and Dives is very present.

    Dorothy Day commented that the government is a “dirty rotten system,” and she did not vote. It is “dirty and rotten” because we choose to ignore the pain and the suffering around us, and let it continue to pander to the needs of those who vote and have money, hence that divide is ever-widening.

    We continue to let our political leaders pander to each one of us rather than breaking down our barriers of race, creed, and poverty. For example, there is talk of giving a minimum allowance of $12000.00 a year to people–who in the hell is that going to support–pandering is all this is, vote-buying, pure and simple.  It begins with each of us sharing, giving, and suffering together.

    Loving our enemies is loving those who are different from us, those who have little, those without social standing, those who do not believe as we do; loving our enemies means giving up our wealth until all are fed, clothed, housed, and have hospital insurance.

    Jesus calls us to:

Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”

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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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