Tuesday, June 4, 2013

LOVE IS AN EXCHANGE OF GIFTS

LOCAL, A SILVER LAKE, L.A. RESTAURANT WITH PATIO SEATING
BEFORE OPENING, SATURDAY MORNING
"The foxes have lairs and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head" [Matthew 8:20]. 

To have nowhere to "lay our heads"  is a place of true precariousness...
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I once received a great gift from a woman whose dear face literally looked like the face of a sickly lamb. Isn't it interesting that the most vulnerable person in the room in a strange way has the most power; is the most compelling?

To have someone who is very "poor" give to YOU is transformative. It is a very great mistake to think we are doing for, giving to, the poor. "Love is an exchange of gifts," said St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The suffering human being blows all our belief systems and power systems apart. We are called to pray for the complainers, the kvetchers, the nitpickers, the "good Catholics" who have never received the great great gift of embracing the leper. Because those people  are us. If our eyes were truly open, we would know we are lepers ourselves--we are all lepers.

We would all be better poised to feel God's infinite mercy and tender love...

BAMBOO ORCHIDS,
WITH DRESS

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