Finding Another Way!

Peniel

Newsletter of Temenos Catholic Worker

January 2021

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 941`64

http://www.temenos.org

414-305-2124

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Happy New Year! Practice Compassion and Hospitality!

Finding Another Way!

Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord

Matthew2:1-12: “When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its risingand have come to do him homage. When King Herod heard this,he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.” Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.”After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.”

    Herod is a powerful guy, a guy who is insecure, has low self-esteem, and terrified of losing his power. We know what is coming, the slaughter of babies and of John the Baptist. The perceptive Magi know what is coming as well,  and they “find another way”– not return to Herod. In looking at the past year, our own insecurities and fears, maybe it is time to “find another way” to return to living our lives, to return to God.

    Epiphanies are not easy. It can hurt to recognize the lie behind another’s words. Three years ago when my shoulder was injured and I was incapacitated, several friends never responded. Just four words: “How are you doing?” by text, email, social media, snap chat or phone would have helped. But nothing for weeks, and then a text after I had recovered, “You can always count on me!” LOL! The past had demonstrated these words were not true, and I could no longer trust this person, and so I had to move on and not depend on that person. Our friendship had to be renegotiated. 

    This individual betrayal, and the betrayal of our leaders, leading to violence, darkness, and pain remind us that our world is one of darkness and we need the light of Christ to guide us. When we let go of our neurosis, fear, and paranoia, he will show us another way.

    His way is that of compassion and hospitality. We can care for the person outside our door with a smile, a sandwich, a pair of socks; we can care for people by letting go of our political biases and  communicate with them simply as another a friend, we do not have to agree, just simply agree to disagree; we can simply show respect for one another regardless of economic status in life, race, creed, political belief, and age and so may you have a:

Happy New Year: Practice Compassion and Hospitality!

Deo Gratias! Thanks, be to God!

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A Bag of Food:

    We will provide a bag of food to anyone in need, please call 415-305-2124 or email: punkpriest1@gmail.com or snap chat: riodamien 2.

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    HOLY Communion:

    We provide Holy Communion to anyone and we use pre-packaged elements.

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    We continue our ministry of presence on the streets; and our hospital ministry.

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Thank you again for your support this past year; and for your financial giving.

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