Station 12: Jesus Dies on the Cross and Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Station 12: Jesus Dies on the Cross and Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

    Jesus struggled to breathe, pulling himself up to let air in to his lungs. As he hung on the cross he spoke of mercy and love, forgiving the thief and his enemies. With his last breath he died.

    As we have moved  through the Tenderloin we have seen people  selling drugs, begging for food, sleeping in the doorways and in the alley’s. We see life, and we see death.

    We see Jesus being laid in his tomb. As we picture this scene, let us place the image of the empty tomb before our eyes. Whenever we stand outside of any tomb, and grieve remember this empty tomb,  and know that through the eyes of faith, all tombs are empty. Through the eyes of faith we can become Christ and empty the tombs of hunger, homelessness, meaningless, and want.

    Oscar Romero speaks to us in these moments:

“We live in a time of struggle between truth and lies, between sincerity, which almost no one believes still, and hypocrisy and intrigue. Let’s not be afraid brothers and sisters; let’s try to be sincere, to love truth; let’s try to model ourselves on Christ Jesus. It is time for us to have a great sense of selection, of discernment.”

How will we practice Christ Jesus’ way of love, justice, and truth this day?

Join me in signing ourselves with the sign of his cross, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. We adore you Oh Christ and we bless you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world. Amen.


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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


The Tenderloin Stations of the Cross will begin at 12 Noon on April 10th, in front of City Hall on the Polk side. If any one would like to volunteer to be a reader, please let me know. river+

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