Everything Is A Gift!

Everything Is A Gift!

James 5:1-6; Mark 9:41-50

Our readings today describe life as a gift to be lived for others. Poverty in spirit is a matter of gratitude. When we recognized that everything is a gift, we grow in love of the Giver, and in return we give out of that love.

There is a lady who lives on Nob Hill. She has a disability. This woman discovered a pizza shop that would give her day old pizza. And so she began picking up the pizza three or four times a week and coming down to Polk Street and giving it out to the homeless. She is known as “The Pizza Lady”.  She is not just giving out pizza– she listens, soothes, and loves, without asking anything in return. In the middle of the cold, the pain, and fear of the streets, she brings a presence of joy, and comfort, simply by listening. “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink belong to Christ.”

This lady is has salt in her life, and salt will permeate and and make food delicious. In the same way if each one of us would simply move out from our social media, our self-centered focus on making money, and simply go out and feed one person, listen to one person, in time that salt will spread, and in spreading it will change our lives, the lives of people on the street, and the lives of politicians.  It takes one person, and from that one person goodness comes, and spreads.

Poverty in spirit is a matter of gratitude–be grateful for life, the ability to get up in the morning, the ability to talk to people, and to enjoy people, be grateful for all of life, and in so doing, give to others.

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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