Life Or Death?

Death Or Life?

Acts 24:20-21

    Paul has been arrested, brought to Felix for trial, based upon the trumped up charges of whether or not there will be resurrection after death:

“So ask others what crime they’ve caught me in. Don’t let them hide behind this smooth-talking Tertulus. The only thing they have on me is that one sentence I shouted out in the council: ‘It’s because I believe in the resurrection that I’ve been hauled into this court.’ Does this sound to you like grounds for a criminal case.”

Death is the sum of all of our fears—physical death, death of our housing from  eviction, death of fear that undocumented immigrants will bring disease and financial ruin, death of Muslims, death of losing our reputation.  The fear of death is used by people in power to control and to use us.

    At the heart of the Gospel death does not have the last word–but God, the giver of life–and  calls us to defy death giving forces on earth, with the hope of the resurrection to come.

    We will die, but let us live fully into that death, with hope in the resurrection bringing life to the immigrant, the poor, the afflicted, the homeless, the religious and racially disenfranchised.  And in living fully into our deaths we live fully into the resurrection! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


“Lord we know you are coming through the line of people in our lives today so let us treat them well.”

“I pledge to protect and defend vulnerable people in the name of Jesus.”

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