Self-Piercing Love

Self-Piercing Love

Ephesians 3:8-19, John 19:33-37

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and what we believe  this means is that the water and blood flowing from the side of Jesus is the union of divine and human love.  And in that union human love becomes divine when we give it without reservation, without judgment, and with complete and utter compassion as we become one with those we love.

In six days there will be a graduation in Marin. It is bitter-sweet as we find gifts, wrap them and prepare to give them on that day. It is bitter-sweet because one of the graduates demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate to me the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in his love towards  us in the past months of pain, and struggle, and the others have in their own way. They are leaving, things will change, but their love will remain. On my arm we have a tattoo with a sword, two names, under it,  and  “Homies” 2018, they have been our  homies–our two most loyal and best friends,  and have been the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to me. we  want to remember them, as they fade in to the winds of time.

When we  first came to San Francisco someone suggested we have tattooed on our  body the names of the youth we have had funerals for–and if we had done that our  body would be covered. We remember the thousands, one by one, our  heart bleeds for them, and there are nights their faces come to us. Last night a nineteen year old died from a stabbing, we are working with his parents today, and we are crying, and hurting, but this is what the Sacred Heart of Jesus means==to enter into the lives of others as Jesus did.

We can never avoid suffering, there is so much suffering on Facebook, so much anger, from that suffer, and when we enter into that suffering with the divine love of Jesus, with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, their is still pain, but you find much joy.

Carlo Carretto in I, Francis, describes in his words of St. Francis, The Sacred Heart of Jesus:

“Only naked human beings, as naked as possible, can escape the ravages of time, and are able to place themselves before the nakedness of the Gospel, and make it their own.”

The “nakedness of the Gospel” is to love God with all of our heart, mind and soul, and our neighbor as ourselves,” to love with the love of Jesus who laid down his life for people, and continues to suffer with us. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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