Cooking With the Fallen Ones–The End of Times

Cooking With the Fallen One’s–Living in the End Times

Henri Nouwen tells us that “Jesus doesn’t support an optimistic outlook.  He foresees not only the destruction of his beloved city Jerusalem but also a world full of cruelty, violence, and conflict. For Jesus there is no happy ending in this world. The challenge of Jesus is to not to solve all the world’s problems before the end of time but to remain faithful at any cost.”

We all live in the end  times, for we are all dying, and our deaths are nearer than we think. Our deaths are the end of time.  Jesus calls us to focus on the present, to live in love. The truth is we are all fallen, creatures who have lost sight of the meaning of why we were created, and that state brings destruction to ourselves and everything  around us.

Emergencies, hurricanes, earthquakes, bring the best out of all of us–people open their homes, their pocketbooks, and their lives, but the ordinariness of life dulls us.

Look around, and one will see a state of emergency–in each alley, on ever corner, in our parks, people are sleeping in tents, they are crying for food, and for support. They crave individual attention, they crave someone holding their hand, giving them food–rather we simply walk by averting our eyes. They are no different than us–those of us with housing, money in our pockets, health insurance–simply have been throwing the lucky dice–and we can lose. We are not “blessed” we are simply “lucky”.  We are all in the same boat.

Let us open our eyes and see the endless war this country continues to wage, a war that has killed and maimed millions, and for what purpose?

Let us open our eyes and see the destruction of our environment. All for our own human self-gratification.

I have been very sick this week, laying here in my room alone, listening to my demons,  and the words of Henri Nouwen rings true to me:

“It is indeed a hard discipline to be useless in God’s presence and to let him speak  in the silence of my heart. But whenever I become a little useless I know God is calling me to a new life far beyond the boundaries of my usefulness.”

My own experience teaches me that we are redeemed by Jesus, and in that redemption we get a glimpse, just a glimpse, of a God who only has one desire-that we love each other, and it is that simple–to love each other in a way that we provide for the needs of all. All of us are fuck ups–but God loves us despite ourselves!  So simple, and yet so difficult! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

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