Our Greatest Gift

Our Greatest Gift

The Feast of the Holy Innocents

Herod Kills the Children

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” ESV

    Yesterday a woman asked for food for her two children, living in their automobile, and was telling me how she works sixty hours a week at $15.00 an hour and can not afford food and housing; In the afternoon spent time and gave food to five fourteen and fifteen year old’s living on the street; all of these are Holy Innocents. We all have blood on our hands from the our consumerist way of life.

    In 1999 Diarmuid O’Murchu called for a radical way of living non-violently. In his book Poverty, Celibacy, and Obedience, he explains a different way of relating to the different types of violence–the violence of patriarchy, consumerism, racism, homophobia, poverty, and sexual repression or aggression.

“It is a call to see ourselves through the prism of relatedness as we interact with both human and non-human life forms, living the values of dignity, respect, asceticism, humility, and cooperation. It consists of reviewing all interactions with compassion and kindness, including one’s self. Non-violent living fosters gratitude for the gift of all things coming from God.”

    So on this Feast of the Holy Innocents let us remember the young men and women who suffer from hunger on our streets, and who die so young, and in particular we would like to remember three teens, killed in a car crash Christmas Day, Mark Anthony, Michael Angelo Uriista, and Javier Ramirez, and reflect on the words of Father Henri Nouwen:

“As I grow older, I discover more and more that the greatest gift I have to offer is my own joy of living, my own inner peace, my own silence and solitude, my own sense of well-being. When I ask myself, “Who helps me the most?” I must answer, “The one who is willing to share his or her life with me.”

Deus Meus et Omnia, “My God and all things!” Amen.


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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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