The Good Seed and the Weeds

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

Good Seed and Weeds

Matthew 13: 24-30

    Last week I attended court with one of my seventeen year old friends, wearing clerical’ s and his mom commented on how “handsome” I looked, and she commented to him how he should show me more respect.  When we returned to his home, my friend started laughing, and said, with a big smile, “you are just my “brudah”, meaning his brother, and that is the respect he shows me. 

    Ministry is being a “brudah”, letting individuals into one’s  life, and us  in theirs, and walking on our journey’s together. Ministry is being a “brudah”, and being a keeper of the mysteries, the mysteries of God coming to us in the Sacraments, and in our pastoral care.

    Ministry is my vocation, I sleep, eat, and breathe it. It courses through the veins of my life.  And when I am reminded so often of my imperfections the words Ignatius of Loyola to a woman named Teresa come to my mind:

“I insist especially that you think of God as loving you, as I have no doubt He does, and that you correspond with this love and pay no attention whatever to the evil thoughts, even if they are obscene or sensual (when they are not deliberate), nor of your cowardice or tepidity. For even St. Peter and St. Paul did not succeed in escaping all or some of these thoughts.”
Letter from St. Ignatius of Loyola to Teresa Rejadell

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