The Feast of Holy Innocence!

The Feast of the Holy Innocents!

December 28, 2021

Continuing on the Streets!

“Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the Magi he was furious. And he sent and killed all the boys in Bethlehem, and in all the surrounding area, from two years old and under. .” Matthew 2:16 (Tree of Life Version)

In the Gospel account, the writer invokes a passage from the prophet Jeremiah, recalling the inconsolable Rachel weeping for her children, a reference to Israel being carried away into exile seven generations prior to the birth of Jesus. Across the generations, life and death are so intimately connected.

The suffering of the innocent children in Bethlehem is not far removed from the suffering of starving children today, or children separated from their families, or children who die in violence, or children who never see the light of day, or the homeless young and old, like the one’s above, who are on the streets of San Francisco, and all our cities.

The innocent children represent all of the “nobodies” of the world, who are thrown away, as the powerful gain their power and riches; they are the innocent ones who are packed down so that the one-percenters can rise and receive their billions.

Violence would not magically disappear in the coming of Jesus, but the Gospel writer knew Jesus’s very presence in the midst of it will ultimately transform the world into the reign of God, where all shall be fed, clothed, loved, housed, and where all are equal.

We are called to be the very presence of Christ in the world, we are called to transform the world into the Reign of God!

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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