And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”
It is a blessing to be part of the Downtown Eastside Community and I truly believe it is God’s grace that brought us here. It is full of challenges but it has its own unique rewards; the ministry has its own beauty. It requires selflessness to be able to love and serve unconditionally. Reaching out to the people who have been broken, pained, and hurt is not always easy. To love is to forget the risk involved and our own brokenness. Daily, I experience my own brokenness, frustration, and rejections, but this allows me to be one with them and to be one with God in loving others, even though it can be challenging at times.
God is pouring out blessings on us, from giving us loving and kindhearted staff and volunteers to flooding us with graces of all sorts through our generous donors. Serving our patrons makes us reflect on the question: who really are the poor. Them or us?
One day after my walk, it was dusk, and I heard a voice calling my name. I turned to see where the voice was coming from, and it was one of our patrons, Julius. I approached him and asked him, “What are you doing out in this very cold night? You should go home.” He politely responded, “If I had just a home, I could have gone home earlier.” I smiled but I was choking; I could not say a word. The experience brought me be back to reflect on the Gospel of Matthew 8:20: “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”
God is indeed in our midst daily; we just have to ask the grace to see and recognize Him. If you allow God’s grace to work on you, he will lead you to realize our own version of “Poverty”. Who are the poor?