Ash Wednesday

​Meet At City Hall, Polk Street Side
Short Service of Imposition of Ashes
Walk through Tenderloin and Polk Street doing an Imposition of Ashes

When the ashes are imposed on our heads in the sign of the cross we hear the words, “Listen O Man, You are dust, and ashes to ashes, to dust you shall return,” what goes through our minds? For me I am reminded that death is near, and in the past year in two instances I have found death very near, and the ashes remind me my time is short, and I must be about my Father’s business. What makes us followers of Jesus, what makes our work saintly?

Our streets are full of tents, people sleeping on the side walks, in the doorways and in the Parks.  This Ash Wednesday as we ponder our mortality let us also ponder the words of Jesus as we look on our streets:

“I was hungry and you gave me food to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear.  I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.”

Meister Eckhart tells us: “Do not think that saintliness comes from occupation; it depends rather on what one is. The kind of work we do does not make us holy,
but we make it holy.”

Father River Damien Sims, D.Min.
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164

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