The Perspective of Inncence

The Perspective of Innocents

Gen. 2:4b-9, 15-17, Mark 17:14-23

Each year I see young men, predominantly, come to San Francisco, to hang out, and as they remain, and struggle to survive, they harden, they lose their perspective of innocence and hope. When I first came to San Francisco, I had hope, and was innocent of the streets. Now there is a hardness  that was not there some twenty years ago,  and yet in the dark shadows the innocence of God glimpses through. I seek to remain child like in many ways in order to see those glimpses. Only in remaining childlike can I offer a glimpse of the God, who loves us without end, and receive the same love myself.

A glimpse of love when one young person reaches out to  help another; a trinket given to me with a smile; a sense of awe as a person experiences God in their lives;

Thanks to Jesus, the gates of Paradise once again stand open, and we are invited to walk through them. There is a catch–unless we “turn and become like children,” we will not enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 18:3. Rather than dwell on the faults of others, constantly picking each person a part, criticizing and judging, we must recover the  perspective of the innocent, accepting each other in wonderment, and awe,  or we will never be able to seize the  height and depth and glory of what has been offered to us. Some how we must learn to trust again.

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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