Jesus the Homeless


John 14:1-2: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. .

John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give to you. that you love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

    In my imagination I see that the “rooms” that Jesus refers to are not a physical place but the largeness of God’s presence, a generosity of love available to everyone. A welcoming space where no one is excluded.

    Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker, who was considered “weird,”,  but his weirdness was in the message he preached and proclaimed with every fiber of his body: “What we give to the poor for Christ’s sake is what we carry with us when we die.”

As we open our hearts, minds, and souls we find our love and care for others, and in so doing the more we give, the more we suffer with others, the greater largeness we carry in our relationship with God, even unto death.

    Homelessness is on the increase every where, one in four people go with out food each day, mental illness is  not being treated, and the only solution is if we all open our hearts and our minds, and our pocket books in love, and give. The answer is not with our government–but with each one of us. 

     This is the message that Peter Maurin preached, and that has been nearly a hundred years ago, and it still rings true. We find our experience with God in the largeness of our hearts, and in the giving we give to others. 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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