Queer Stations of the Cross

JOURNAL OF AN ALIEN STREET PRIEST
Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min.

In the Passion in the book of John we have Jesus saying, “It is me!”

Today he stands as a person of contradiction waiting to be recognized. A contradiction in that he does not judge us, but recognizes that we judge ourselves in how we love one another. I was asked last night by a young friend, “What do you think the greatest sin is?” And my answer is that of Jesus, “Not loving our neighbor.”

Do we recognize the voice of Jesus in the accent of the panhandler, in the person on the street corner  begging for food, or the person who is in jail? Do we recognize Jesus in our next door neighbor who struggles with loneliness?

Matthew’s Jesus is very clear: the measure which we respond to the anawim, the poor and needy (positively and negatively) is the measure that will be used to judge the quality of our discipleship (25:31-46).

“Many came to believe in him”, but some did not; Jesus was a sign of contradiction, his voice unrecognized by some.  The days ahead offer a perfect opportunity to listen for his call: “It’s me!”, the words now coming in so many different accents and on so many unlikely lips.

As we plan for our “Queer Stations of the Cross,” which will be in the Castro this year, people have said, “It want be the same taking it out of the place where the poor live.”

As I walk through the Castro I see homelessness  in every corner. People sleeping in door ways, the Bart Station, behind businesses, and a majority are youth; In the Castro I see the people who are in poverty trying to survive living in apartments with multiple people; in the Castro I see refugees from other parts of our country who come to San Francisco because of persecution in their states for being LGBTQ.

Good Friday gives us the opportunity to witness to the presence of  Jesus the Contradiction, in being a contradiction ourselves, and to his presence in the midst of the poverty in places we fail to look. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!
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QUEER STATIONS OF THE CROSS
STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY

BEGIN AT THE RAINBOW FLAG
AT MARKET AND CASTRO
1:00 P.M. –GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018

MARCH THROUGH THE CASTRO AND REMEMBER  CHRIST’S CRUCIFIXION  IN LGBTQ, HOMELESS, AND ALL WHO ARE QUEER

To Volunteer call Fr. River 415-305-2124

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WE ARE BEGGARS!

We are beggars for our support which feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, visits those in prison, comforts the dying, and is a presence to any one who comes to us.

Our finances are down, and so if you can give please give through:

Pay Pal found at http://www.temenos.org

or through your check:

Fr. River Sims, D.Min., D.S.T.
Temenos Catholic Worker
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, California 94164-2656
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