'With what can we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth- yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in the shade.'
Mark 4:30-32

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Posted by: Ed Watson on 4/28/2016 | 0 Comments
My journey from fear to love began over 75 years ago. Orphaned and homeless at 18-months-of-age produced its own DNA: fear of annihilation. Simultaneously with my childhood experience of losing home and parent came the blessing of two homes and families. One was my aunt and uncle’s home & family. One was a church home and family. The two were a powerful pair.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 3/3/2016 | 0 Comments
I was raised on a shoestring, and I never feel like I have any money. Even if I have fifty dollars cash in my wallet, I always feel broke. When I pass someone with a sign “Homeless, Anything Helps, God Bless,” I have no idea what to do. Do I give $1 to that person, knowing it won't help much and may insult them? Do I break out a twenty, knowing it may actually help them, then feel deprived? And do I give money away, knowing it may be used for alcohol or drugs? Whether I give or not, how do I treat these folks? Do I nod and smile, or avoid their eyes? What happens to them when I walk away? Where do they go?
Posted by: Ed Watson on 2/18/2016 | 0 Comments
Every night, people—many people in Colorado—try to sleep outside. Homelessness is a simple fact, not only nationally, but also locally. Let's take Denver, for example. No matter how you do the math—counting homeless persons and shelter beds available—there are at least a thousand people every night who must sleep outside in Denver. (I am aware that figures for both point-in-time counts and shelter beds can be disputed, but the summary contained in this link is a fair representation of the current situation.)
Posted by: Ed Watson on 2/5/2016 | 0 Comments
Too many people haven't heard of Dorothy Day. In a world where Christianity is as likely to be associated with the Westboro Baptist Church as anything by the outside world, it is a tragedy that knowledge of Day and her legacy tends to be limited to a relative few. I wonder how many people in Denver know what the Catholic Worker movement is, without having had to research it. And I wonder how many people in Denver know that there is a Catholic Worker House here.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 12/23/2015 | 0 Comments
We do it every year. We gather close to the longest, darkest night of the year, to light candles, recite names, to once again remember our friends who have died from living outside. It is perhaps the only memorial service that some of these folks ever have. Its story is worth telling.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 11/25/2015 | 0 Comments
At a recent Prayer and Action class, a parishioner shared her story, venturing into territory not often travelled at St. John’s. She had grown up poor, and she remembered all the people who had given her experiences that her family could not provide. As an adult, she has found that when you work with people in need you receive more than you give. Eyes shining, she said the poor have a very precious gift to give us.
 


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