Archive for October, 2022

One Bright Moment In Narnia!

October 30, 2022

ONE BRIGHT MOMENT IN Narnia (The Reign of God!

Matthew 5:3-12

New Living Translation

The Beatitudes

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,[a]
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,[b]
    for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

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    Two days ago as I turned onto Hwy 121 and headed into Napa Valley, I began relaxing and smiling, experiencing the smells and sights of Autumn as the fall colors of the grapevines dashed before my eyes much like the leaves of the trees of my childhood in the south and midwest.     Followed by the taste, and smell of the new wine. In those moments, I had a glimpse of entering Narnia.

    The dream continued as I presented the stories of our homeless adults and youth on Polk and Haight Streets to the sixth-grade students attending St. Apollinaris Catholic School. There were no cell phones, no texting, and all were bright-eyed and attentive, asking questions well beyond their maturity, and retaining child-like qualities. There was no judgment, no classism, simply concern and compassion for our street youth and adults. Concerned only with the moment.

    These were “Narnia” moments with Aslian, the Great Lion– the Divine Heart (Jesus) smiling at each one of us. These were moments of the Reign of God in all of its fullness. My heart was uplifted, and the tiredness within my bones vanished.

    On All Saint’s Day, and All Soul’s Day we remember all the Saints (both named and unnamed) who have crossed into Narnia, (the Reigh of God), and surround us in the Great Cloud of Witnesses, supporting and cheering us as we continue our journey.

    For we are called to bring the sunshine of Narnia into our world, feeding, being present to others, listening, and simply caring.

    Let us remember the words of St. Clare of Assisi: “We become what we love and Who we love shapes what we become,”  entering into the Divine Heart (Jesus), and loving others. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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    All Saints/All  Souls Zoom!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

5:00 p.m.

Meeting I.D. 761-4436-8264

“A Time of Remembrance And Prayer!”

Bring the names of Loved Ones!

You May Also Email me: at punkpriest1@gmail.com

or text: 415-305-2124

the Names of Loved Ones and I Will Remember Them in Prayer!

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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

punkpriest1@gmail.com

Seeds of Compassion

October 26, 2022

Seeds of Compassion!

Luke 13:18-21

New Living Translation

Parable of the Mustard Seed

18 Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? 19 It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.”

Parable of the Yeast

20 He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? 21 It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

Through the years I have lost donations, with comments like: “You do not do anything about the big problems and have  results for our money.”

The truth is there is no way I can “solve” or “fix” people or the problems of homelessness, they are just too big.

What I do is simply show love to each person at a time, listening, caring, giving them socks, and most importantly friendship, a ministry of presence!

Our Gospel describes how our little acts of kindness will grow to fruition. Keanu Reeves comments:  “The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.” Paying attention to someone on the street and to our friends and neighbors takes us a long way.

Ultimately  Jason Shulman in his book: The Instruction Manual for Receiving God, gives a good summation of viewing life and of simply being a seed of compassion:

Let us say that the individual person is a drop of water. .  Standing beyond this drop is the ocean: the entirety of All That Is. There are no drops of water in the ocean, of course, just water and more water. So there seem to be two worlds: the world: the world of the individual drop and the world of the ocean. It is tempting to think that the single drop is “my individual ego” and the ocean is God. But this is not true, “God in you and you in God” is the truth. It is as if you awoke to find yourself capable of knowing simultaneously that you are a separate bit of waterglistening, wet, fluid, and alive–and that this “drop” is just a moment of separation in an ocean of water. This ocean is the source of all drops. It is life unending. Knowing both the drop and the ocean is living the life of the Divine Self. It is one world. One life. One God. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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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

Peniel, Newsletter of Temenos Catholic Worker, November-December-2022

October 25, 2022

      PENIEL

“Where Jacob walked with God and survived.. .”

Newsletter of Temenos Catholic
Worker

November/December, 2022

‘Gratitude and Advent Seasons’

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

P.O. Box 642656                          San Francisco, CA 94109

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Journal of An Alien Street Priest:

Sloughing Towards Bethlehem!

As I read Joan Didion’s essay, “Sloughing Towards Bethlehem”, I find myself thinking of Haight Street then, and Haight Street now.

The neighborhood of course has changed, the “hippie” culture is now a part of history, and it has been romanticized; Jerry Garcia’s apartment is now over an upscale apartment store; clean cut tourists with their cameras are everywhere.  Apartments are rented for thirty to forty times the price of that era.

But what remains are the street youth/adults who are on the street pan-handling, smoking pot, and struggling with their issues. Their needs are the same as that era, trying to find a place to belong, parents who abused them, rejection, and always being preyed upon by predators. Our society is filled with a sense of meaninglessness, godliness, and materialism, that dominated the Ms. Didion’s reflections.

The streets of San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angles, Chicago, and all our major cities—not just a California “thing”-are filled with the poorest of the poorest, homeless, drug-addicted, mentally ill, and all who do not make enough on minimum wage to have housing. In San Francisco, alone, we have twenty thousand-plus unhoused people. And people who are housed simply walk by, without giving a nod or a glance.

During these seasons of “Gratitude” and “Advent” let us join together in reading Hebrews 11: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” and with a child’s awe of the reading of C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicle’s of Narna, in particular, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and envision the Reign of God, “Narnia”, in which we see our friends, and loved one’s in the Great Cloud of Witnesses, calling us forward in struggling for the healing of our communities.

Calling us to advocate with our leaders to turn their eyes to the streets, and pour out our taxes for food, housing mental health, physical health care, and treatment centers for all; calling each one of us to look at every corner of our streets and see the suffering of individuals in our midst, and provide food, and the presence of ourselves to each one.

I would like to invite each and every one of you to purchase (if you can not afford the book, I will gladly give you one as a Christmas gift) Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season, by Heidi Haverkamp, and meditate on each day of Advent.

In our childlikeness in the midst of our Narnia winter let us look for the green leaves, hear the birds singing, see the flowers blooming, the trees putting on fresh leaves, and know the winter is over and the “the White Witch” (evil, hunger, and all forms of degradation) is on the run, her sled is useless, and she must walk. Finally, her dwarf declares: “This is no thaw, this is spring. What are we to do? Your winter has been destroyed. I tell you! This is Aslan’s doing” (See chapter 11 in the book). On Christmas Day Christ is born!

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EVENTS

All Saints and All Souls Days—November 1 and 2nd:

On November 1 and 2nd we will remember in thanksgiving our loved ones who have died and entered into the Great Cloud of Witnesses, who now surround us encouraging us on our present journey, with anticipation of our joining them.

At 5:00 p.m. PDT. November 2, “All Soul’s Day,  we will have a Zoom “Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving” so please join us, and send your email to Temenos@gmail.com. or call 415-305-2124.

Gratitude Day, November 24, 2022:

On November 24, 2022, we will celebrate “Gratitude Day” by serving a hot meal of Vegan Turkey on the Haight and Polk Street, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Any one who would like to volunteer you are invited to join me at 4:00 p.m. Maxes 

at Opera Plaza for a Gratitude meal and join in serving our meal. Allow until

9:00 p.m. This invitation is for anyone who is home alone and would like to join us as well.

Christmas Eve:

Mobile Christmas Eve Eucharist at 5:00-9:00 p.m. Haight/Polk

Followed by gift-giving on the street!

Gifts of Sweat Shirts, Long Sleeve Shirts, and/or Jackets are needed!

Thank you! Thank you! To the Eight Grade Class of St. Apollonia Middle School in Napa for their sock drive!

Join Us For Our Advent Study Advent In Narnia: Reflections for the Season by Heidi Haverkamp

Beginning  First Sunday in Advent!

November 27, 2022, 2 p.m. PST, On Zoom! Send an email to Fr. River to Sign You UP!

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Ex-Denominationalists

October 24, 2022

Ex Denominalists!

Luke 18:9-14

Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer[a]: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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    During the writing of the dissertation for my doctorate several years ago, I interviewed approximately one hundred and fifty people including teenagers seeking to find out how church denominations affected their lives, only five had a positive response, and the remainder had no response.

    In asking each to share their different journey and yet similar, one could hear the Pharisee speaking to each one:‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

    They left or were kicked out for a number of reasons:  in an evangelistic church they disagreed with the theology; several were lesbian or simply female and called to professional ministry; others came out as Queer, and some for refusing to vote for Donald Trump. For all of them: their churches raised money for their building, and simply ignored the poor.

    In talking with street youth and adult homeless, churches ignore them, reject them, and for many were sexually abused by ministers, priests, or church members.

    Overall the denominational church has no meaning in their world. In fact, Christianity has no meaning in their lives.

     Looking into the eyes of each one, seeing their pain, one can hear the words of Jesus:

I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

    And the Divine One stands  with a smile, that radiates across the wounds of each one, with his wounds visible, not from dying for our sins, but as the healing accepting Abba saying: “How I have wanted to gather you together as a hen gathers her children under her wings.” Safe in the arms of Jesus and our Mother God with their wounds healed. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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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

Blazing Love!

October 20, 2022

BLAZING LOVE!

“I have come to set the earth on fire,” Jesus proclaims, “and how I wish it were already blazing!”

(Luke 12:49).

We might find these words unsettling, hitting a bit close to home. Is Jesus condoning the fires raging across our state? Is Jesus predicting violence, calling for more death and destruction?

Quiet the opposite. In this context, fire is not destructive but cleansing. Jesus is taking a prophetic stance, crying out for a  new world order that will begin with an ultimate judgment, one not to be feared but yearned for, a blazing love that sets right and heals the world.  He is crying out not in anger, but anguish(12:50) giving us a glimpse of his own inner turmoil. For this fire can only be unleashed through his death–“the baptism with which I must be baptized”-which will set in motion the cleansing and renewal of those who follow him, and set them on fire.    

His call is for each human being to be loved as a child of God. A call to see through the evil present in people, and see the broken face of Christ. It is an invitation to bring this blazing fire to others.

My friend Mike, in the photo above, last week as we were on the street, walked over to the elderly gentleman. He gave “Jim” some food, knelt down, and with tears in his eyes, looked at Jim’s feet, the skin broken from walking, with sores, from not having fresh socks. He held the feet in his hands and placed a fresh sock on each foot with loving care!

This is the “blazing fire of love”, to individually help someone, putting oneself in another’s place, and without worrying about personal harm assisting that person.

This is the “blazing fire of love”, to see each person as precious in God’s sight! To take risks to serve!

This morning at 5:30 a.m. as I prayed the “Vigil” in the “Daily Office,” awaiting the dawning of the day, signifying trusting God to bring another dawn, my mind centered on the recent slayings in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I cry for all who are suffering; I cry for those murdered, for their families, and for the local community. All are broken, and all are in need now, and in the days ahead of the blazing fire of the love of God in individuals to take them into their arms, to hold and, to bring hope and love, and finally  I cry for Austin, a young man so overcome with the evil of mental illness he hurt so many.

May the blazing fire of love push our society to have mental health for all, and each of us to brings the blazing fire of love in caring for adolescents. In helping them find care and meaning in their lives.

And may we remember the words of Father Ronald Rothlheiser:

“Whenever we are discouraged in our faith, whenever our hopes seem to be crucified, we need to go back to Galilee, back to the dream and the road. .that we had embarked upon before things went wrong.”

And in closing  let us pray the prayer in today’s Vigils:


“Hidden God, ever present to me,

may I now be present to you,

attentive to  your every word,

attuned to your inspirations,

alert to your touch.

Empty me that I maybe filled with you alone.

Amen.”

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Father Christian 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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A Grateful Life!

October 17, 2022

A Grateful Life!

(We have the statue of “Mary: Untier of Knots”/and “Asin”, the Lion of Narnia!)

Each day I pray to “Mary: Untier of Knots”, asking her to help untie the knots within my life, to Jesus the One who calls me to new life.”

2 Timothy 3:14-17

New Living Translation

“14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

     Fr. Henri  Nouwen writes of living in gratitude, and one might ask “How can we live in gratitude? Every day we have death around us, and as I walk the streets and see the pain of homelessness, I have pain and now the long-term effects of the Coronavirus.

     We look back and we can divide our lives into good things to be grateful for and bad things to forget. I have found when that in dividing the past in such a manner leaves me limping toward the future.

     Fr. Henri says gently: “True spiritual gratitude embraces all of our past, the good as well as the bad events, the joyful as well as the sorrowful moments. From the place where we stand, everything that took place brought us to this place, and we want to remember all of it as a part of God’s guidance.  That does not mean all that has happened in the past was good, but it does means that even the bad did not happen outside the loving presence of God..Once all of our past is remembered in gratitude, we are free to be sent into the world to proclaim the good  news to others.”

     I look back and see my life in the closet,  as a minister, my life as a whore, on the streets, all of which brought me here as a priest. My life good, and bad, has been a blessed life. My life in the injuries has been blessed.

    In working with people, I share their life experiences and share with them the love of Asian, “The Lion of Judah”, and Christ in The Chronicle of Narnia ( The God who loves them no matter what, and does not judge them). The God who is with them now in their pain, and fears, and always is holding them in his arms.

    The photo above is of Asian, the Lion in The Chronicles of Narnia, who represents Jeus, and

He is strong, nurturing, and always there. 

    The photo was given to me by Tony, who calls himself, “A renaissance man,” ( Harlem Renaissance that is). Tony is a young black man, and sees himself as the “personification of African-American culture, an artist, activist, B-Boy, Beatbox, Emcee, Father-Healer, Motivational Speaker, Teacher, poet, Spoken Word Artist, and Vegan.” He chooses to live in his van, where he makes art and paints shirts and sweatshirts with the same pictures.  He is a large man, always happy with a loud voice. Tony tells me he gave up on the Church a long time ago, “they preach judgment, hellfire, and tell us how to live in their middle-class ways when all we have to do is love one another”. Tony does not want to house until “everyone has housing.” He is getting me blankets, and jackets to give away. Tony is an example of being grateful for his life, he takes it as it comes and is grateful!

    As I have let go of the judgment garbage Christianity and embraced the giving non-judgmental love of Jesus, my life has become grateful, and that is what I share with the people I work with. For Asian (Jesus) teaches that we are all precious, so precious in the eyes of the Living God, for in the words of Dorothy Day, “He is disguised under every type of humanity that treads the earth!

    And each day as I lift the Bread and Wine, I am reminded that Jesus gave his life, that all might have a life! Be grateful! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

415-305-21124
punkpriest1@gmail.com

“The whole program of creation is to being us back into contact with God! “Jason Shulman

Book Review!

October 13, 2022

Forest Inslee and Angel Burns in this book on short-term missions state as their primary thesis:

“Not only are most short-term missions efforts are ineffective but are shown to cause damage to those they are meant to help.”

Their contention is that short-term mission groups are basically unhelpful because they are unable to get to know the people they come to serve, and are harmful resulting because of the class differences between the two groups. The”rich” people come in, do their thing, and leave. No relationship and no equality. There was a youth group, the cutest white kids one can find, came to Haight to witness for Jesus, and at noon, got on a bus to go to lunch down town at an expensive restaurant, and one of the guys on the street asked if he could go, and the response: “Accept Jesus, and one day he will help you be able to afford a decent meal.” That is harmful!

In the past, I  have hosted groups, but as they left, there was a feeling of using the guys I serve. The youth were always fun, and enjoyable, but they had their phones, and “toys”, always well dressed. When I worked with the youth directly I could enable them to find sameness in much of their journey with these guys.  But their leaders were afraid of the youth really getting to know them. As one said: “Our youth might get a disease, or be hurt physically.” That is ignorance from an adult!

The other aspect is the youth were tourists, they basically stayed in nice hotels and wanted much of ther time away doing tourist things. In fact, one group had me take them around the City.

Every group I have hosted have come from major cities: L.A., Chicago, etc., and when I suggested to their leaders they do mission trips at home and work out a long term plan to have work. The answer was always “no” they wanted to come to the magical city of California.

The authors sum up their work in these words which I agree with:

Real, practical, systematic transformation will happen only when STM practitioners at the grassroots level–both senders and hosts–have the courage to design entirely new approaches that fundamentally challenge the status quo.”

Frankly, short-term mission trips are ineffective and can be harmful. I no longer take short-term mission trips for that reason. The authors suggest groups come and live with the ones they are serving for several months and come to know them.

My suggestion is that churches in the United States look within their own community and area and find where people are impoverished and work with them on a regular, long term basis, and let their youth get a taste of real mission and pain people suffer. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

http://www.temenos.org

Coming Out As A Human Being!

October 11, 2022

Coming Out As A Human Being!

“For freedom, Christ has set us free: stand firm therefore and do not again submit to a yoke of slavery Galatians 5:1.”

    Jason Shulman, tells us today on National Coming Out Day that when we encourage LGBTQ individuals to come out, we should be yelling from the house tops our coming out as human beings in these words:

“To be human is to lose our way and find it again. The human lineage is the lineage of falling down and getting up again.”

    My own journey can never be separated from my faith in Jesus. It is that relationship that has sustained me all of my life in the good times and the bad times.

    In the southern town in which I was raised, all were Christians, and the battle was between those who were really saved, the Baptists or the Methodists. I have gone to many a revival where all of us young guys went forward to be saved from the sins of masturbation, cussing, smoking, etc. This happened every spring and fall.

    When I became a Methodist minister the sins became a little more sophisticated, namely, homosexuality was an “intrinsic evil”. I found myself out on the streets when I came out.

    The “coming out” event began my evolution of faith. I have come to see that “to be human is to lose our way  and to find it again..to fall and to get up again.”

    Heaven and hell as we have known it has been tools used to control humanity. Jesus loves every last one of us. Life is about remembering to whom we belong and to our call to love our neighbors as ourselves.

    Time and again we forget who we are, we fall down into living lives of destruction but are invited each time to rise up. To claim our humanity and the love awaiting us.

    When we forget our humanity we fail to remember our connectedness to each other and harm ourselves, and the environment. We fall when we hurt others. We can get up again and begin anew, we are imperfect.

    Come out–be human! Recognize the LGTBQ community as simply human beings, as well as all other communities of ethnicity, color, economic status, and religion.

“To Fall Is To Be Human,

To get up again is divine!”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Father River Sims

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

punkpriest1@gmail.com

Write Down the Vision!

October 2, 2022

Write Down the Vision!

Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time!

October 1, 2022

Habakkuk:2-4; 2:2-6

“God how long do I have to cry out for help before you listen? How many times do I have to yell, “Help, murder, police?”. .And then God answered, “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. . .”

Our reading for the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time is from the short book of Habakkuk, just three chapters, and is entirely devoted to a dialogue between God and the prophet. Habakkuk’s name means “to wrestle and embrace,” and in this book, he is wrestling with God, and also embracing him.

When Habakkuk was writing, Israel was under corrupt leadership where injustice, evil, and tragedy were the norm.  Habakkuk saw the injustice happening around him and questioned whether God even cared. His heart ached for the people and the oppression they were facing. In the midst of the injustice, Habakkuk was trying to reconcile who he believed God to be and what he saw in front of him. It is a  familiar dilemma that many of us have faced, wondering where God was in the midst of pain and sorrow and whether God truly cared.

Against all odds, Habakkuk decided to wait faithfully for God’s response to his lament. When God finally answered, Habakkuk heard this command, “Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run,” and God promises, he/her “will not disappoint” and will come at the “appointed time.”

We too see injustice, oppression, and discrimination around us. Homelessness is growing every day in the City and across the nation. Each day as I walk down the street, there are ten or so people frankly out of it, either on drugs or mental illness or both; working every day I see hundreds without clothing, sleeping equipment, and food. Housing being built is for the upper classes, there is hardly a middle class in San Francisco, the very rich or the very poor. The police are harsh with people who are homeless and are discriminatory and do not deal with mental illness or drug users well. People without housing are seen as a “problem” and are pushed from place to place. We walk by and ignore the one in front of us in need. The politicians are so polarized, and divided, that nothing is done. The religious community keeps their doors shut, and complains about homeless people sleeping on their doorsteps. This is not God’s vision!

God’s vision is not found in our sitting back, and whining, but is found in “wrestling with the issue, and embracing God” in action.

We are called to meet the needs of people without housing outside of our doors; to feed them; give up our money and our time to provide food and clothing for them; to advocate and fight for their needs in society and other issues; to open our doors to the needy of the neediest.

St. Clare of Assisi once said: “We become what we love and Who we love shapes what we become.” Sr. Helen Prejean, in the photo above, is a living example of that phrase. In 1993 she was a school teacher nun in New Orleans, and in an experience of seeing Christ in a condemned prisoner, she experienced a new conversion of the heart, and her life has been given to advocating for the end of the death penalty. She has become who she loves.

God’s vision asks all of us to show up and speak up for justice, and do justice! We must trust the vision of justice will come, even if we have to wait. We are simply carrying the torch until we pass the torch forward.

Martin Luther King, Jr. eloquently said: “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.”

As the consecrated Bread and Wine are lifted at the Holy Eucharist, the words are uttered: “See who you are, become who you see!

Let us lift our eyes up to the homeless, the poor, and see the broken body of Jesus, and minister to him, let us become who we see! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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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