The Infinite Strength of Divine Love

The Infinite Strength of Divine Love

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Common English Bible (CEB)

I was given a thorn in my body because of the outstanding revelations I’ve received so that I wouldn’t be conceited. It’s a messenger from Satan sent to torment me so that I wouldn’t be conceited.

I pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me alone. He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me. 10 Therefore, I’m all right with weaknesses, insults, disasters, harassment’s, and stressful situations for the sake of Christ, because when I’m weak, then I’m strong.

Mark 6 Common English Bible (CEB)

Jesus in his hometown

Jesus left that place and came to his hometown. His disciples followed him. On the Sabbath, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were surprised. “Where did this man get all this? What’s this wisdom he’s been given? What about the powerful acts accomplished through him? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t he Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” They were repulsed by him and fell into sin.

Jesus said to them, “Prophets are honored everywhere except in their own hometowns, among their relatives, and in their own households.” He was unable to do any miracles there, except that he placed his hands on a few sick people and healed them. He was appalled by their disbelief.

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We all have things that hinder us, we all have a pasts that haunts us, and we all are afraid to interact with our fellow human beings. Social media has made it easy for us to become familiar with each other in such away we say things that are painful, destructive.

Br. David Vryhof says: “If you can recall words that hurt you, you can probably also recall words that sustained you, encouraged you, lifted you up.  Words have power, power to create and power to destroy, power to bless and power to curse, power to heal and power to hurt.”

Words have power.  And as we use our words we should remember how much power we have. The words of Jesus were of love, love of God and neighbor. 

In the Bay area homelessness is increasing and is at a crisis point. In Silicon Valley their are families working living in their cars and tents; in San Francisco, we have met dozens of families forced out of their apartments, and can not afford another place to live, living in their cars and on the streets and working; in the Santa Cruz area the same story.

It is time we open our houses and pocket books to provide for those without housing.  Many are simply hampered by the high rents in the Bay Area, that soon will be a place for the wealthy. There are three of us in my building who pay cheap rent, when we are gone, the average rent will be far above the reach of people with average incomes.

I have a friend in Silicon Valley with a large house who just recently took in two families who lost their housing. She is an example of what we all should do.

People are downright painful, they judge, they say things that hurt, that can destroy, but in each person is the broken body of Christ and when we touch that brokenness the love of Christ will come forth. Let us bring that love forth in our actions towards others. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

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