A Taxing Getaway


Mark 12:13-17

Robert Kennedy

“What we need in the United States is not division. .not hatred. . but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice towards those who suffer within our country, whether they be black or white.”

There is a quote that speaks to me by Aeschylus: “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

Last night late I was called out to see a person who has a history of abuse that goes back years. The anger that is contained, and stirred is destroying this persons life. We talk about forgiveness, and letting go, and this person still holds on.

I received an email from, what we found out is a fake email account, threatening my life last night as well, and this person describes how he or she is going to get in my building and cut my throat because I am different–and this person knows the building. None of us are different–ultimately we are going to be simply a bag of bones.

I was supposed to be gone the next two weeks, but stayed to go to a high school graduation and my friend is concerned I am not putting business first, and gets concerned I am too generous, and all that bull shit.

I am staying because for me being present is an act of care on my part, for a life time event,  this is an ending for him, and frankly I have no idea where he will be in a few months, and I am not sure where I will be,  so I am simply wanting to walk with him on this final lap, and enjoy the moment and him while I can. Endings are bitter sweet.

The same reason I went to a birthday party the other night. In a few months these guys are going their separate ways, frankly I would rather have stayed home.

The wisdom that I have found through the awful pain of the past years is that we need to put people first, Jesus is saying the same thing when he puts money aside–it is not about the money, it is about God and people.

Robert Kennedy in his quote above speaks to us loud and clear, put people first, put aside your ideology, and care about people, and all will fall into place. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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