Being Ready to Die!


Matthew 13:16-30

“Who do you say that I am?”

“Death often happens suddenly. A car accident, a plane crash, a fatal fight, a war, a flood, and so on. When we feel healthy and full of energy, we do not think much about our deaths. Still, death might come very unexpectedly.
How can we be prepared to die? By not having any unfinished relational business. The question is: Have I forgiven those who have hurt me and asked forgiveness from those I have hurt? When I feel at peace with all the people I live with, my death might cause great grief, but it will not cause guilt or anger.
When we are ready to die at any moment, we also are ready to live at any moment.”

The marches, the anger, we are seeing was summed up in  statement made by a young woman at our march last week: ‘I am so afraid’.  Fear, fear of what? Fear of death, death of our way of life, our traditions, our environment, our access to money and housing, but ultimately death itself.

Death is all around us–the storms in Texas, on our 24 hours news channel around the world. Death is around me all the time. I know each time I walk out my door I could die;  I know that death lurks in my body, and can take me.

Christ tells us that in answering the question, “Who do you say that  I am?” we have an answer to how to face our fears–by not having unfinished business in our relationships.

It means we actively work across the lines of disagreement, and meet people where they are, none of us are completely right or wrong; it means actively reaching out to help people who are in a major storm–sending food, offering the one’s who have no place to stay a place to stay; it means feeding people on the street, actively pushing our political leaders to care for them, not to push them aside, and for us to feed the one in front of us. The tents above are in our alleys; My dream is to see Face book full of care for one another, full of concern for each person in the world, and people putting aside their fears, their anger–and actively crossing the divide of opinions and caring–it means that we resolve differences, not hold grudges, and put our fears in the hands of God, and face the reality we all face death each moment of each day and ask ourselves the questions: “Have I done my best today to love my neighbor?”

+Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min.
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164

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