A Love Stronger Than Death

A Love Stronger Than Death

Luke 14:15-25

“When one of those who reclined at table with heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the Kingdom of God.”

Fr. Bernard Lichtenberg was a priest who stood up against the Nazi persecution of Jews, and he was sent to the Dachau, the death camp as a result of his stand during the Second World War. His dying words were: “Outside, the Temple is burning, and this too is a house of God. . .The Jews are my brothers and sisters, also created with an immortal soul by God.”

One night many years ago, an 18 year old said to me: “You must have done something really¬† awful to work with us.” I laughed, but it was true, I felt like I was a horrible person–my years as a prostitute, being cast out of an institution I loved as a result of my questioning of sexuality, and the things I did on the street to survive. Redemption I sought, and I was already redeemed

But through these years of living and working on the streets, of being “outside the gate” my experience of God has lead to experience the words of the Desert father Anthony of Egypt: “I no longer fear God, but I love him.” In that love comes love for everyone and to see everyone simply as broken children of God. God loves us, loves us so much, in the midst of sorrow, loss, rejection, and pain, God loves us, brings us to her bosom.

To eat dinner in God’s Kingdom is easy–we feed the hungry, house the homeless, love our neighbors for all are our brothers and sisters. We simply have to take our bow and shoot our arrow at the target, and try, we all fail, I miss the target daily, but simply try, and in so doing people will be loved, and cared for.

Terry Tempest tells us: “What if survival of the fittest is the survival of compassion?” To survive, to grow, to live fully, we who are the fittest must show compassion, in order that those we love, will be cared for, nurtured, and grow, and also show their love as well. Now:

“May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you: wherever he may send you; may he guide ;you through the wilderness: protect you through the storms; may be bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home rejoicing: once again into our doors. Amen”

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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