Nothing But the Cross!

Nothing But the Cross

Galatians 6:14-18 The Message (MSG)

14-16 For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God—his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!

17 Quite frankly, I don’t want to be bothered anymore by these disputes. I have far more important things to do—the serious living of this faith. I bear in my body scars from my service to Jesus.

Sociology calls table fellowship “commensality.” From the Latin “Mensa” (table), it means the rules and rituals of those who eat with whom. I am a good  host, but I flunk commensality.   I invite everyone to my table, murderers, people of all colors and shapes, people of all ages, and who are homeless, and thieves–no one is kept away.

You see the chief sinners at my table is me. I am the unsavory person Jesus wines and dines. And believe me many others tell me daily on Face book, by email, snap chat, Instagram, etc.  all of my sins, even sins I did not know I committed.   He went to a great deal of trouble to prepare a meal for me, and he rightfully expects me to become a feeder, to be blessed, broken, and given, not just for the select few that I choose, but for everybody whom God loves–which is everybody.

Jesus came to call sinners.  He died on the cross to “create a free life,” where we love one another, pure and simple. Each individual is called to care for each person we come into contact with–heaven begins here. It is not at some distant time, but is here and now. Brother Luke Detwig summarizes what it means for us to be generous, to begin the reign of God now:

“God is no ordinary gardener. God is reckless with generosity, sowing love everywhere, not limited by investing only for the best results. Radically open, loving even in the face of rejection and impossibility—this is God’s way.”

In the words of Paul:

“17 Quite frankly, I don’t want to be bothered anymore by these disputes. I have far more important things to do—the serious living of this faith. I bear in my body scars from my service to Jesus.”

Jesus came to call sinners. I have been told that we “are just homo-sapiens”, and we are, but Jesus calls us to incarnate his mercy and  move beyond just being “homo-sapiens”  and in so doing we become the sons and daughters of God!

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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