The Human Face of Jesus

The Human Face of Jesus

Saint Francis understood
we all are
the human face of Jesus;
he knew that
all of humanity comprises
the divine face.

God assumed flesh
and was born into a world of
oppression and persecution.
Can we ever grasp the reality
of the divine presence
dwelling in a depraved humanity
and that subsequently
every man, woman and child
is uniquely precious,
equal and blessed,
all brothers and sisters.

Jesus is hungry and naked.
Yet we build and decorate elaborate churches
in his name,
but do not feed or clothe him.

Every day,
God comes to us
in a distressing disguise,
clothed in the rags
of a tormented and neglected
poor person,
in hopes that the encounter
will provide a place
for healing and hurt to meet,
for grace to embrace sin,
for beauty to be restored.

As Fr. Daniel O’Leary writes:
“It takes a great love,
and many deaths,
to transform the eyes
of our souls
so as to see
God’s face
in every face.
And inevitably, inexorably,
this love, this hope,
will lead to a crucifixion.”


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