The Bounds of Holiness

The Bounds of Holiness

“You are a people holy to me.” says God Lev. 20:26). We come to know how holy we are by facing into the horror of how we have been wounded, and have wounded. The deepening awareness of the wrongs, we have committed against one another is a function of the recognition of our holiness.

We are a paradox because we can not  participate in the holiness of God without committing blasphemy, because we are at once a holy people and a sinful people. We live in the grey areas of life. We walk in grace. We set boundaries and those boundaries are based on our loving our neighbor. And we violate those boundaries in our hatred and judgment of one another, our failure to provide for those without, and in our  ability not to forgive.

Today is Memorial Day.  Today we recognize those who have died for our freedom, in all wars. Granted there is a nastiness in war, and my own personal belief  is that war is evil in all forms. But we are called to recognize those who have given their lives, their limbs, who have sacrificed in war. From those sacrifices we have the ability to argue, to be free in our expressions, to make our own way in this country. These men and women fought for their belief in freedom, and justice, and for that we should honor them. We have what we have because of their commitment.  In the same way we honor the flag.

Jesus, who was truth, let the chips fall where they would. He called anything that violated the universal love of God wrong. That is the truth that sets us free, the boundary we are called to follow. He died for that boundary, and in many ways the people who have died for our country, died for the same boundary–but we live in the grey areas–and so we live in the paradox.

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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