Making Time for Life

Mark 1:29-39
All people make mistakes. All of us are sinners. All of us are criminals. All of us violate the law at some point in our lives. In fact, if the worst thing you have ever done is speed ten miles over the speed limit on the freeway, you have put yourself and others at more risk of harm than someone smoking marijuana in the privacy of his or her living room. Yet there are people in the United States serving life sentences for first-time drug offenses, something virtually unheard of anywhere else in the world.
Michelle Alexander

Freedom is Our Goal
While fear and anger are the most natural and most obvious reactions to a state of emergency, they have to be unmasked as expressions of our false selves. When we are trembling with fear or seething with anger, we have sold ourselves to the world or to a false god. Fear and anger take our freedom away and make us victims of the strong seductions of our world. Fear, as well as anger, when we look at them in solitude and quiet, reveal to us how deeply our sense of worth is dependent either on our success in the world or on the opinions of others. We suddenly realize that we have become what we do or what others think of us.
“The eye of the cormorant is emerald. The eye o0f the eagle is amber. The eye of the grebe is ruby. The eye of the ibis is sapphire. Four gemstones mirror the minds of birds who meditate between heaven and earth. We miss the eyes of birds, focusing only on feathers.” Terry Tempest Williams
Jesus made time for life, he took time to rest, and he embodied  love for others in his ministry. 
The three quotes above are summarized in a comment by Siri Guru Granth Sahib when he says: “No one is an enemy, none a stranger, I get along with all.”
In a time of much division, people tearing each other a part, and so much poverty and pain, I personally have found that peace comes through not bringing judgment–let God do the judging–and for me my activism is in serving those around me. Each time I go on the street, every time I hang with youth without much, every time I turn away from gossip and face violence like a shark was faced by hitting it in it’s snout and than moving on with out judgment, new life springs forth.
Let us look into the eyes of people and see the pain, the hurt, and show love in working with them, and in doing so we come together in love for all.   Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!
Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164 (pay pal button is on website)

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