Feast of God

 

Jesus the Homeless

The Feast of God

Luke 15:21-23 English Standard Version (ESV)

21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’[a] 22 But the father said to his servants,[b] ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate.

Every day from the moment I get up until I go to bed, I pass by people in front of my door, hungry, dirty, scared to death, mentally ill.  I feed them, and give them socks, and talk to them.

On my birthday I received a snap chat from a young guy I do not remember, he said, “We met once, you gave me socks, and let me sit on your couch out of the cold, the greatest gift I have ever received, you accepted me.”

Each day I hear stories of people afraid they are going to lose their housing, and senior citizens who live on fixed incomes, wondering if they will make it through the month. In one of the wealthiest cities in the country there is so much hunger, mental illness, and fear. 

The message of Lent is that when we believe in the worth of Christ’s death and resurrection we have a profound respect and reverence for the self worth of human beings. Like the father in the parable we say we come in contact with:

“‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate.

In the 17th century St. Tikhon of Zadonsk spoke words that ring true today:

“No longer should our brothers and sisters be seen wandering the roads and in the squares, starving and trembling with the cold, under the icy north wind, naked members of the body of Christ. There ought to be beggars and destitute persons no longer. All should be equal.”

Let us meditate upon his words this Lent.Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr.River Damien Sims

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

 

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