The Red Rose


“Jesus said to them: ‘I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35.

I keep a red rose on my desk, and I have done this through the years because in Bible School, a Baptist Bible School, no less, I was taught that the red rose symbolizes the blood of Christ.   The message given was  that Christ died for me, he died that I might have life. He died to save me from my sins, all of my personal sins that is, so that I could go to heaven if I behaved in the right way (which meant I was going to hell, I have too many personal sins).  And through my high school and college years I started thinking about  what the rose symbolizes, and than seminary opened my eyes, and the experiences of my life and ministry have opened them wide.

            The red rose symbolizes that Christ died because the human beings around him rejected his message of love, of community, that the reign of God was in their midst. He was killed, murdered, for his message that humanity could live in unity, that humanity could live as equals, where everyone is fed, and their basic needs met of health care, and housing. Christ was murdered because he wanted all of us to live as brothers and sisters. And in living the reign of God on earth we move into the reign of God for all eternity.

    Jesus is being murdered everyday in our wars and our selfishness, but he has risen and as the Cosmic Christ tells us that he is stubborn, he still believes we can come together as brothers and sisters and care for each other.

     The Cosmic Christ calls us to work together in community, and be his hands, feet, eyes and hands, and bring the reign  of God into reality one by one in our own lives. Each person we feed, each time we raise issues with out government and all organizations, each person we clothe and provide housing for, Jesus is present. We start one by one and join in community.

    The Cosmic Christ is the bread of life. In embracing him we are fed, we never go hungry, and the red rose reminds all of us of the blood of Christ that continues to redeem humanity. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Philip Workman Memorial Banquet

Thursday, May 9, 2019

12 Noon

Civic Center Plaza Polk Street side

We are remembering Philip Workman on the day of his execution in 2007. He was a changed man, transformed by his faith. We are calling people to reject the death penalty, and join in the seamless thread of life.

Need help making pizza sandwiches, call me at 415-314-1859 or email me at if you would like to help on Wednesday.

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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