Recognizing God’s Own

Recognizing God’s Own

Wisdom 3:1-9; Romans 5:5-11; John 6:37-40


Recently, PBS explored Inside the Animal Mind,

exploring the awareness of animals in the face of

death. In remarkable photography elephants re-

turned to a previous encampment where they

tenderly touched the skeleton remains

of their fellow elephants who have passed.

Each year on All Soul’s Day many of us go to

cemeteries and pray over the graves of

loved ones. In so doing we recognize our

unity  in our common human

quirkiness, and the amazing grace that has

washed through our lives in unity with them.

Recently I  knelt and placed my hands on the graves of my mother and grandparents. I felt a presence with each one and gave thanks for the gifts each had given me. Their unity flowed through me and in those moments I was able to see looking down the road the day when I too would enter into their presence. All of us are just passersby on this earth.

We are all on the journey into the reign of God and a time when God will call us together, like a therapist, and sort out our “sh..t”, and bring us into unity with all creation.

My experience in seeing people who are homeless, addicted, abused psychologically, physically, has taught me that the hell they will experience is the one they are living now.  Once I was told: “Hopefully one day your guys will have housing, a job, and be able to look at their spiritual lives.” All of us are spiritual people, and I know God, as a real, alive, person through those I walk with.

Today we stand here on the edge of Golden

Gate Park recognizing our unity and quirkiness

with those who have died this past year, and

we acknowledge that yesterday, All Saint’s Day, we have

a juxtaposition reminding us of the fluidity

of God’s saving work in Jesus Christ. Those who are dead are saints in God’s eyes, cherished and loved eternally.

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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