The Human Face of Jesus

Saint Francis of Assisi 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 my friend 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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1 Response to “The Human Face of Jesus”


  1. 1 aliceny April 14, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Thank you, Gerry, for your profound thoughts today. I liked Fr. O’Leary’s apt truism about transforming the eyes of our souls…. this IS the only way that we can truly ‘see’ the human misery and hopelessness that is all around us …. everyday, everywhere, ceaseless…


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