We Are All the Same!

“Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us

going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out. . Heb. 10:22-24 (The Message).

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Today as I was buying groceries a homeless man, looking similar to the one above, came in as I was checking out, and wanted me to buy him some food. He appeared to be suffering from mental illness and being on the street.  The clerk was very nervous, as I talked, and paid for his food. To me, he was simply the same as anyone else.

Our weeks have been filled with trauma and death, and we reach out for solutions, where there are few.

Rupa Marya and Raj Patel wrote:” In a pandemic, it is recognizing that the source of the problem is not  the vaccine or the billions that are made from it, but the fundamental disconnection from fellow living beings that allowed the disease to flourish in the first place.”

The disconnection has for 530 years slowly grown in our severing our sense of humanity through colonization and our being money hungry.

I have been told many times how “immature” I am, and admit to being far from mature.

Maturity means “to be connected to our fellow human beings, all creatures, and our environment in such a way as to be willing to sacrifice, giving our lives in service through giving of ourselves, and possessions until all are provided for”. I will always be “immature” because I can never give enough.

When I look at people I see we are all the same, basically, we suffer and die the same, all else is superficial.

We are broken and become dysfunctional when our basic needs are not met. We all move between good and evil.

Darth Vader in Star Wars did just that. Moved from good to evil, and finally returned to the good.

Bell Brooks, says, Only love can heal the wounds of the past.”  It is only through caring for others that healing comes.

The writer of the book of Hebrews says it best:

“Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us

going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping.

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Fr. River Damien Sims

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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