From Kirkby, Merseyside:
For Meditation: Who was Jesus?
Jesus was from the peasant class. . . . His use of language was remarkable and poetic, filled with images and stories. . . . He was not an ascetic, but world-affirming, with a zest for life. There was a sociopolitical passion to him . . . he challenged the domination system of his day. He was a religious ecstatic, a Jewish mystic, for whom God was an experiential reality. . . . Jesus was an ambiguous figure—you could experience him and conclude that he was insane, as his family did [Mark 3:21], or that he was simply eccentric or that he was a dangerous threat—or you could conclude that he was filled with the Spirit of God. —Marcus Borg
How we see Jesus . . . shapes what we think the Christian life is most centrally about. —Marcus Borg Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
If we think of Pope Francis Just maybe we see a something of what Jesus would be like today. A Challenge? or one who disrupts the status quo? We might also see the same in the work of Dorothy Day (Catholic Worker)
The London Catholic Worker: Guiseppe Conlon House
Is part of of the radical, Christian, pacifist Catholic Worker Movement started in 1933 by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. It is a house of hospitality for 20 homeless and destitute asylum seekers who are not allowed to work or claim benefits. It also provides meals – in collaboration with 2 churches,- for around 50 people in the Hackney area on Sundays. They often need help in form of cash donations or goods such as Tinned tomatoes, peanut butter, oil, kidney beans, chick pea coconut milk, rice, couscous, lentils, vinegar, mayonnaise, Cheese, spreads (jam etc), spices, sugar, muesli, cereals, honey, fruit juices and squash, herb teas, coffee, chilli sauces, brown rice, nuts; toiletries clothing, eco friendly cleaning products. They work with people of all faiths and no faith and share the love God has given them.
If you wish to volunteer ring 02083488212, there is usually a request for a three month commitment. there is free accommodation in a shared room and meals etc.
From Southwark Anglican Cathedral A special organisation:
AWARE of the presence of fear, bigotry and hate in our world a new international, ecumenical, online Spiritual Association of the Compassionate Hearts of Jesus and Mary (CCHJM) has been created to assist members in developing the virtue of compassion.
The Aim of CCHJM is to develop a compassionate heart for the sake of the world: its Purpose to nurture compassion. There’s a simple Rule:
- spend time each day in the presence of the Heart of Jesus;
- express compassion practically;
- reflect on the practice of compassion;
- recognise the value of the Sacrament of Confession.For more information: Please visit their website www.cchjm.org