Seeds of Compassion

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

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