The Gift of Tenderness

The Gift of Tenderness!

Luke 2:1-14

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As our local police obey our Mayor’s orders to “clean up the Tenderloin,” “to rid the City of the darkness of drug use and stealing,” I hear in the back of my mind, the horses of the soldiers of the Roman Empire running through the roads of the Holy Land, maintaining law and order.

As the Romans wore armored gear, so do our officers today, moving through Union Square. They will move people out, especially the homeless, poor, and black and brown individuals.

There was really nothing pretty about the first  Christmas, no candy canes, snowmen, Christmas trees, ham, and turkey dinners, all lit up and beautiful.

What we have is Joseph breaking the law, knowing what he should do with an “adulterous woman”, is giving her over to the local priests, and he does not divorce Mary as the Law clearly tells him to do, even though he has no direct way of knowing that Mary is a Virgin, blessed by God. Last year I had two young ladies tell me they were virgins and the babies they were having were from God, I never told either, but I did not believe either one, I am such a skeptic.

And so on this Christmas, in the midst of such discord, a baby comes into the world, and we are invited to hold him, letting his tenderness embrace, and move through our bodies and souls.

As we breathe the aroma of his breath let us embrace his tenderness, letting it soften our minds, our hearts, our souls. Let it enter into our very being, moving us to embrace others with the love that has no end.

Tenderness, its gentleness, and kindness, come from holding the baby Jesus, and our eyes no longer judge, and we enter into the vulnerability and fragility of others.

Let us this Christmas remember this tenderness as we embrace the homeless, the wounded, the handicapped, the blind, the dirty, and the dying, and truly care for others. Let us become tenderness!

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each One of You!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

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Volunteers: Because of the new variant of the virus now exploding we will not use volunteers this year!

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