What If?

What If?

Matt. 11:28-30

“Are you tired?  Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace, I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

We look back and ask “What if?”  What if I had not been gay, what would my life have been like?  What if I had met moved or chosen another job, what would my life had been like?  What if I had not had cancer, what would my life had been like?  What if I was not old, what would my life be like?

Today Perry Williams in Texas and John Connor of Georgia are scheduled to be executed.  They have many “what ifs”, and the families of their victims have been suffering from so many “what ifs” through the years.

From my own theology I believe that Jesus fulfilled the law and the prophets, and that fulfillment came in the form of love. He invites all of us to come unto him and put our “what if’s aside,” and to find strength in him and to move forth in new life.

Today I as I pray for the victims, and their families, I  pray for John and Perry, and pray that all those “what if’s” may turn into avenues of freedom from their past.  I pray at the beginning of this day that John and Perry may be freed from the chains of death by mercy from the State, but if that does not happen that they   enter into God’s presence being freed from death and the chains of the past; I pray that the families of the victims can move into new lives freed from the the what ifs of the past. If the executions go forward I pray that these will be the last executions and that State will move into restorative justice.

Jesus frees us from the “What if’s” but we must choose:

“Are you tired?  Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace, I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ”

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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

 

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