By His Wounds We Wonder

Queer Stations of the Cross.jpg

Jo Jo.jpg



Tuesday, Holy Week, 2017

Isaiah 49:1-6; John 13:21-38

Fr. George Zabelka

“Communion with Christ can not be established on disobedience to his clearest teachings.”

By his wounds, we WONDER

Why do those who speak the truth, who champion the cause of the poor, who offer hope to the downtrodden, so often become the targets of insults, persecutions, and violent attacks? We wouldn’t expect it to be this way, but so often it is. Perhaps it makes sense, then, for God’s Servant to enter into the dark rhythms of the human condition; perhaps it’s the only way they can be challenged and undone, once and for all.

– Br. David Vryhof

Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Shakespeare noted in As You Like It,  that “All the world’s a stage, and all men and women are merely players.” Holy Week is not past events, but is a dynamic play in the chaos of our lives. Life is unpredictable, Eucharist and betrayals are common.  Our imagination is a gift that helps us to create the anticipation of Easter Sunday.

Our picture is entitled: “Stations of the Cross: LGBTQ Struggle for Equality,” we see the continued struggle of the LGBTQ community to find equality and acceptance. Our photo of “Jo Jo” shows her continued struggle for equality as a Transgender person. The Stations of the Cross continues on our city streets, in our ghettos, in our rural areas where poverty and discrimination are  rampant. The Stations of the Cross continues through out the world where there is war and poverty and discrimination.  Like it or not our lives are chaotic, we try to bring order, but chaos surrounds us. We can try to hide, but ultimately we can never hide. I was out on Polk this morning and 36 year old Sam approached me simply out of his mind, angry. He comes from a good family, hooked on drugs, and his family has done everything; 50 year old Jim asking how to get rid of the birds on the room of his room–thinks if they are gone the “demons” in his head will be gone.  We can run, but we can not hide.

It is in love of one another, and  of our forgiveness of each other  that Easter comes forth. There is a young guy who was hanging out with me, and a person who knew me, said, “Is it he not the one that stabbed you last year?” And Jamie said, “Oh yea, but he forgave me.”  And I did, but it was difficult. We must forgive in order to find wholeness in our lives. The story of Easter is the story of forgiveness and love. It is the story of a God who loves us despite ourselves, who forgives us. The call of Easter is to bring Easter to other people.

The call of Easter is to feed the hungry, forgive those who have wrong you, to provide housing for those without, to comfort the dying, to love each other for their humanity–not because of race, gender, sexual orientation or their economic status. Easter comes as each one of us loves and forgives. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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