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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Touching Heaven On Earth

For many of us who live a middle-class or wealthy lifestyle, today we count our blessings for our food, shelter, affluence and abundance, but we should also include a “thank you” for our homeless family too. We are appreciative for these poor souls because without them, we would not have an opportunity to grow in the eternal virtues of love, mercy and compassion for others. The homeless are a gift! How so, you may ask? Because in them, is given an opportunity to fulfill the Lord’s command to clothe the naked, give food to the hungry, give water to the thirsty and shelter the poor.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, they shall obtain mercy.” The mercy of God is always right around the corner when we see the poor. It is through encountering their poverty that we become rich in the eternal qualities of holy charity. “For there are but three things that last, faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.” We are thankful for the homeless, because in them, we are given the wonderful opportunity to touch the Lord’s emptiness, His abandonment, crushing and brokenness. We touch heaven on earth.
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