Between Fear and Passion

Betweem Fear and Passion

John 7:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 “But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.”

What is really going on in this Gospel?  Jesus had been teaching in Galilee, revealing his identity as the One who had come from God–to be the living bread for the life of the world (John 6:35). But the Jews became angry with this teaching, for he was thought to be no more tha a young man from Nazareth.

Sensing growing anger and hostility Jesus reacted like a hunted man: “He did not wish to travel to Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him.. If he was who he said he was why did he not go  to Jerusalem and show himself to the world. Jesus stayed in Galilee. Or so they thought, for after his family left Jesus followed them alone and in secret.  He went straight to the Temple complex and began to teach. So what is this about? It is simply a struggle–between fear for his life and a passionate sense of mission.

Oscar Romero wrote: “We live in a time of struggle between truth and lies, between sincerity, which almost no one believes in 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 discernment.”

At one time  Jesus stood  afraid, as we often  do, we make up excuses. We say that no one will ever change, that there is nothing that we can do, that we are simply humans, that we will be hurt or be killed but Jesus moved into the battle with his head held high saying: “Humanity is worth the price, human beings human beings can  change their lives and  evolve into oneness with God. Jesus calls us us to follow carrying the cross with our  heads held high. It is in the struggle for justice, for caring about all of creation that we grow into children of God.

We move into oneness with God when we take up the cross, and fight the fight of feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, providing health care for all, and  and loving each other for our own individuality.

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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