Wait A Minute! There is More!

Wait A Minute! There Is More!

Matt. 17:22-27

“When the disciples came together in Galilee, Jesus said to them: “The Human One is about to be delivered into human hands. They will kill him. But he will be raised on the third day.” And they were heart broken.”

I have been thinking about the finitude of life lately.  Once we leave,die,  we are forgotten, like the wind all is  blown a way.Even if you are famous and have buildings named after you, they too go over time. All of our huffing and puffing, screaming and yelling becomes nothing. I have photos of young men, for the most part, who have long been dead, and in all probability I am the only one who remembers their names, and that they even existed. And soon–in a minute, hour, twenty four hours, day, a year, or a few years I will vanish like a puff of wind. All is vanity. Our lives have purpose, we leave behind our goodness, and that continues on once our names are forgotten. We only see reality as a whole when we begin to see that we are not the center of it.

Yesterday afternoon I paid a visit to my ninety five year old friend, who is  in a rehabilitation home.He is a gay man, who sees his life as awesome. He has traveled, has great friends. But his story is a story of being gay in a homophobic society. He was a priest and in the sixties was kicked out of the church, humiliated, but he got another job, and saw what happened for what it was–the evil, and ignorance of man. He is active in his church. We were talking about the little office he has volunteered in at his  church since 1969, and he had tears in his eyes as he said, he would not go back there. Soon he will be leaving to go to his nephew’s in another state, and he will fade from the life of the church. But his love, his care, his compassion will continue. As we celebrated the Eucharist I felt a power flow through the elements in my hands as I administered them, and that power of the presence of Christ, loving and caring for him. It was a strange power, and it was as if the radiant presence of Christ was every where surrounding us, for the elements had become his body and blood. In those moments my own sense of depression, and sense of hopelessness vanished, for I knew that in all things God works for good with those who loves him , and neither life nor death can every separate us from the love of God in Christ. My friend lived outside the boundaries of society for many years, until society changed, he lived a full life, and he teaches me the only boundary that we need to worry about is that we love the Lord our God with all of our soul, mind and strength  and that we love our neighbor as our self–money, friends do no provide us security—only God. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

+Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164





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