Ramadan

Last week there was an attack on the Muslim Mosque in San Diego, one of many–Pittsburgh, Christ Church, Jefferson Town, Quebec City, Charleston, Oak Cree, and many others. For those of us who are Christian or Jewish, Islam is our sister religion, we have in common the same God. As we approach their sacred period of Ramadan let us think about what this period means, and reflect upon how we can join in solidarity with our Muslim Brothers’ and Sisters, during this sacred time. So what is this period, beginning on Monday, May 6 all about:

“The name Ramadan is derived from the Arabic word ramida or ar-ramad, denoting intense scorching heat and dryness, especially the ground. From the same word there is ramdaa, meaning “sunbaked sand” and the famous proverb kal mustajeer minar ramadaa binnar — to jump out of the frying pan into the fire. Some say it is so called because Ramadan scorches out the sins with good deeds, as the sun burns the ground.

Ramadan brings out a special feeling of emotional excitement and religious zeal among Muslims of all ages. Though fasting is mandatory only for adults, children as young as eight willingly observe fasting with their elders. Children look forward to the excitement of sighting the moon and eating special meals with their families. Adults appreciate the opportunity to double their rewards from God and seek forgiveness for past sins. As Ramadan emphasizes Muslim brotherhood and community, all feel a particular closeness towards their Creator and amongst their family and friends.

Christians and Fasting

In the Bible, we do not find any one method of fasting required of us, but the Lord Jesus did say however, “when you fast…” (Matthew 6:16), seeming to assume that His followers would imitate His own example. We fast as an outward symbol of our devotion to God, being willing to deny ourselves food for His sake. Fasting adds intensity to our prayer, and often leads to breakthroughs. We do not fast to convince or persuade God, but rather to identify with His broken heart and with His desire for all mankind to know Him.

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out?” (Isaiah 58:6-7)” Ramadan Explained–Internet.

In years past we have participated in the fast, shall we say, sort of half way, but this year we are going to embrace in unity with our Muslim neighbors, Ramadan, and observe the fast, we celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours, so we pray five times a day with them, they read their holy writings, we will read the the four Gospels, and for our evening meal celebrate with people, and continue to give to the poor.

We are also going to attend the San Francisco Ramadan Interfaith Community Iaftar

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 46th Avenue, San Francisco 94116 from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. as our Muslim friends share with us a Ramadan meal as well as bring us to a better understanding.

What better way to join in solidarity but to fast, give our money to the poor, pray, and fellowship with our brothers and sisters of all races, creeds, and economic status. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Philip Workman Memorial Banquet

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Noon

Civic Center Plaza, Polk Street Side

Let us remember those on death row and Philip whose life was transformed before his execution on May 9, 2019, and continue to fight to end the death penalty.

We will serve Vegetarian Pizza Sandwiches

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

P.O. 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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