Looking to the Cross

Looking to the Cross

Numbers 21:4-9; John 8:21-30

“And the Lord said: Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole and everyone who is bitten whe they see it shall live.” Numbers 218

    There is so much fear.  Yesterday as I walked to the Post Office, just four blocks, I heard people expressing fear–a woman is afraid she is losing her apartment where she has lived for forty years, and can not afford another one, and has no where to go; homeless people begging for money, people being rude to them, and their fear of not having housing, and health care; fear is every where.

Fear is our serpent. It lies on the ground, bites us, and destroys us. It makes us selfish, and hinders our relation ships, we remain frozen. Fear causes us to not see others as our brothers and sisters, and as the “OTHER” . Several days ago I was talking to a mom whose son was gunned down, and she said, “Violence never ends, because people never see us as people, always the other, and they  aways blame us, not thinking about the continuing  oppression and discrimination in our society that results in this violence, and pointing fingers at others who are different.”

    We are bitten by fear, but when  we walk the Stations of the Cross, when we lift our eyes to the cross we see the serpent, redeemed by Christ, who does not hurt us.  In the cross all is redeemed.

    Lifting our eyes to the Cross, seeing the serpent transformed, we see that our lives can be transformed, and we can move out caring for all of our neighbors, sharing of what we have, providing that all may live. Franklin Roosevelt said,
“All you have to fear is fear itself,” and in Christ there is no fear.

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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“The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, ity lays hold of me” Martin Luther

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teachers, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness that the person of God may be completely equipped for every good work.” 2

Timothy:3-16-17

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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Eighteenth Annual

TENDERLOIN STATIONS OF THE CROSS

“Stations of the Cosmic Christ”

NOON-2 P.M.

GOOD FRIDAY, April 19, 2019

WE BEGIN ON THE POLK STREET SIDE OF CIVIC CENTER IN FRONT OF CITY HALL AT MCALLISTER AND POLK REMEMBERING THAT CHRIST IS CRUCIFIED DAILY IN OUR MIDST IN THE SUFFERING OF THOSE WHO HAVE NO HOME, HEALTH INSURANCE, FOOD, OR LIVING WAGE.

COME WALK WITH US! COME WALK WITH CHRIST!  WALK IN SOLIDARITY!

SPONSORED BY:

Temenos Catholic Worker

Fr. River Damien Sims, SFW

415-305-2124, temenos@gmail.com

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