The Jesus Thing

The Jesus Thing!

Jesus said to his disciples, “In those days, after the tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. And the stars will fall from the sky. And the powers in the heavens will be shaken, and they will see ‘the human one coming on the clouds with great power and glory. . . . Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Mark 13:24–27, 31)

    In a conversation with Matt Frederick, about his graduation party yesterday, he asked me: ‘What keeps you going, no matter what, you get up when knocked down and keep on going with a positive attitude, is it the “Jesus thing?”

    I am still laughing, no one has ever referred to my vocation as the “Jesus thing.”

    The one thing I have learned is that nothing is permanent, all can be swept away in a second, and all things are passing away, but “The Jesus thing,” is always there. I have felt his presence intensely in these months of seeing death and experiencing pain. His presence is real as my time draws near.

    And as I go to Portland I am very aware of how the world is passing away. I am hanging with Josh and Chris, two 38 years old’s whom I have known since they were 14, one is now a banker, the other Director of Habitat for Humanity; and celebrating soon to be 32 years old Matthew’s celebration from law school; yesterday lunch with twenty-one-year-old Matthew, hanging with him for now 8 years, and always offering to be with me when I am ill; living on the other side of Matthew, 19 and 21-year-old Aron and Brandon; last night skateboarding with  15-year-old Jamie, he is so stressed out over zoom school, struggling with grades now–going from an A average to C.

    These are only a few as Matthew Frederick says of the “thousands” encountered in our ministry.

    I am reminded of a quote: “We are all in the same boat on a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty,” and that loyalty means we see everyone as family. These guys are my family. Our ministry is to be family to anyone we encounter.

    A minister friend commented, “No one is listening to each other anymore, we are all alone on the journey.” And he is absolutely correct–our world is torn apart by our failure to listen to one another. For in listening we become family with each other.

    We too are called to listen to one another through our acts of love, we embody the message we bear.

    Let us follow Jesus into Galilee aiming to:

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire (Catherine of Siena). Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

temenos@gmail.com

caringnotary2665@yahoo.com

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