Inner Homelessness

Inner Homelessness

Hebrews 12:4-15

“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of business springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled.

Inner homelessness has become an epidemic in our time. All around us we find we have no time to sit down for a meal, and when we do, it is not more than an hour, or shorter time. We do not take time to listen, we do not take time to touch a friendly hand and simply talk. Just by listening to another’s story, reaching out a hand in friendship, simply smiling, these are all  ways  to say “Come on home.” 

All things that we hold so dear-political views, religious views, views on all the “isms” ultimately will pass away, and all we have left is our own humanity. Rabbi Herschel tells us: “Human life is holy”, holier than the scrolls of the Torah (and my words–the Bible). .Reverence for God is shown in reverence for man. . .”  Reverence is shown by caring for each other.

I received a phone call yesterday from a person who had heard me speak. She told me, “You need to get rid of that southern accent, it shows lack of respect for people of color.”  I am proud of my southern accent. This is a sign of what we have when show lack of reverence for our humanity, a lack of reverence for the individuality of each person.

Our inner homelessness, which I believe is not seeing the “holiness of human life,” has lead us to showing our lack of respect for each other in our beliefs, and for the lack of respect for people who are disenfranchised and homeless.

Jesus invites us to come home! To come home in loving God, and our neighbors, to love everyone–including ourselves! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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