“For this reason, the Holy Year must keep alive the desire to know how to welcome the numerous signs of the tenderness which God offers to the whole world and, above all, to those who suffer, who are alone and abandoned, without hope of being pardoned or feeling the Father’s love.”
Last night I was blessed to be able to lead about 30 young people into the streets of San Diego to do exactly what Jesus told Peter “Feed My Sheep”. It was truly an honor to lead and watch these young people, prepare the food, plates with their love and attention and youthful vigor. When it was time to hit the streets, I saw the visual reality of the gravity of the situation. They were in position. They were out of their comfort zone, yet they were not afraid. They embraced the challenge and embraced the opportunity to be the Face of Christ to others.
I was blessed to see these young people excited to witness and also be the tenderness of God to others. Vietnam Veterans homeless, Gulf and Persian War Veterans homeless. Children of GOD, homeless. One of the Deacons that was with us, reminded them, “we are all three paychecks away from being in this same situation”, for trials and tribulations know no socio-economic, racial, ethnic or other boundaries.
These awesome young people brought hope to the hopeless; food to the hungry; light in the darkness; comfort to the abandoned, even if just for one moment in time.
It was such an honor to lead these vibrant and loving young people on a Mission, a Mission of Grace, a Mission of Mercy. They actually saw the Face of Christ in those whom we served and most importantly, I saw the face of Christ in these strong and courageous young people. They gave me hope for our society and for our Church. Tonight, they LIVED the Gospel and I saw the Face of God in them.
Keep on Keepin’ on!
Keep on Keepin On!
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