Christ Crucified!

Christ Crucified!

I Corinthians 2:2 “And I when I came to you, brothers and sisters, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech  or wisdom, For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

        February 5 would have been the birthday of Trayvon Martin, and he was murdered on February 25 2012, his seventeenth year. On these days of remembering Trayvon my mind remembers the killing of one young man, whom I will call James, who was accused of murder when he was fourteen, discovered he was not the one who committed the murder, and last year was shot down in the street. A young man who was black, and attended a Catholic High School; I see the faces of young people of color who have been murdered on our streets, go mostly unnoticed, or are blamed for their own murder as a result of where they live or who they hang out with.

    Bob Marley, a Jamaican, wrote and sung songs, like “Iron Lion, Zion”, and “Redemption Song”, from his own experience with oppression and suffering. He sung of grace, mercy, and restoration.

    In Trayvon, James, and all the others who are each day suffering on our streets we see Christ crucified.

    Each person who sleeps on the street, without housing, health care, food, and each person who barely subsists on social security, or who are elderly and alone, is Christ crucified in our midst. People who are fighting to keep their housing is Christ crucified.

    Nida Fazli wrote:

Someone is Hindu,

someone is Muslim,

someone is Christian

Everyone is hell-bent on not becoming a human being.

    Jesus was not a Christian, he was fully a human being who loved his neighbor, and suffered and died for his neighbor. It is a lonely, painful walk, to not be a Christian, but to simply work at becoming more and more human.

    Frankly it is lonely, painful, to enter into the pain of others, to become Christ crucified, but it is in  being crucified with Christ that we enter into the resurrection. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.


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