Welcoming the Face of God

Beholding the Face of God

Deuteronomy 6:22-26, Luke 2:16-21

Solemity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

    A prayer often said  when a person dies is “Welcome them into the light of your face.” Recently a friend introduced us as his “friend and mentor.”  Our friend summarized our ministry–for in being a friend and mentor we are saying to each person we are welcoming them into the face of God. Mary was the first to gaze into the eyes of Jesus with love.

    Our ministry is from the bottom of society. We see no political parties, we see no boundaries of age, race, social status, religions, we see only the Face of God, and we are friend and mentor to each person we meet, if they will receive us.

    We are “friend and mentor”, we are not a “service provider”, and they are not our  “clients”. Each person is our friend, and we are theirs. We believe that lives only can be changed when we work from the bottom, when we become friends and mentors to others. We see the image of God in each person.

    Dorothy Day once said, “The system is dirty and rotten,” from seeing how   we fail in our friendship to others by giving the responsibility solely to an “agency”,  the system becomes “dirty and rotten”, money and power become  important and people served become objects to be moved around. 

    Only when we walk with people as friends and mentors can we truly see their needs, and in so doing provide support and care. We must let the face of God shine upon each one of us.

    When  the face of Jesus shines upon each one of us, it floods the room, there is nothing dark in God’s expression–no shady looks, no dim view of the human race. We see because we are seen, we love because we are loved. The countenance of Christ clears our eyes and welcomes us into the light. Deus Meus et Omnia, “My God and all things.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!” Amen.


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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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