It was a cold winter's day that Sunday...
The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of
my car that fellow church members were whispering among themselves as they
walked to the church. As I got closer, I saw a man leaned up against the wall
outside the church. He was almost lying down as if he was asleep.
He had on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds, and a hat topped his
head, pulled down so you could not see his face. He wore shoes that looked 30
years old, too small for his feet, with holes all over them. His toes stuck
I assumed this man was homeless and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors
of the church. We all gathered for fellowship for a few minutes, and someone
brought up the man lying outside. People snickered and gossiped, but no one
bothered to ask him to come in, including me.
A few moments later, church began. We all waited for the preacher to take his
place and to give us the Word, when the doors to the church opened. In came the
homeless man walking down the aisle with his head down.
People gasped and whispered and made faces. He made his way down the aisle and
up onto the pulpit. He took off his hat and coat.
My heart sank.
There stood our preacher... he was the "homeless man."
No one said a word.
The preacher took his Bible and laid it on the stand...
"Folks, I don't think I have to tell you what I am preaching about
– Author Unknown and Greatly Appreciated!
Know Jesus with the mind -
the study of the Catechism: know Jesus with the heart - in prayer, in dialogue
with Him. This helps us a good bit, but it is not enough. There is a third way
to know Jesus: it is by following Him. Go with Him, walk with Him. To go, to
walk along the streets, journeying is to know Jesus in the language of action.
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