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Well, is he throwing the door open to those willfully living in mortal sin without repenting?
A little story. True story.
One Sunday morning as the people of my parish arrived for mass they saw a dirty smelly homeless man sleeping at the entrance of the church. Shopping carts laden and overall grungy. People were more or less appalled that their Sunday mass should be disrupted by this spectacle.
Why had the priest or deacon not removed him?
Why is HE here?
Should we call the police?
The murmurs and debate wafted through the church until mass started.
After the introductory rites the back doors of the church flung open and here comes this homeless man pushing his cart down the center aisle.
Gasps fill the church as parishioners watch in horror.
The man trips and falls on his way down. 90% sit and watch in horror. Several get up and assist the man. The priest walks over and walks the man up to the lectern.
He removed his tattered coat revealing a white robe, the man lifts his head revealing his bearded Christlike face, the gloves are removed to reveal his wounded hands.
"Whatever you do for the least of these brothers of mine you do for me"
We must check our attitudes of others and be a light in the darkness. Truly and humbly taking Christ to EVERYONE. Exit our comfort zones and serve rather than be served.
This was a true story performed in secret with only the priest's knowledge by our high school drama team. It was so very powerful.