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God loves me through a beggar

For many months, my prayer life has been very dry.  I no longer experience God's love as I used to in contemplation.    As I read the book "Dark Night of the Soul" by St. John of the Cross, I begin to accept the dryness in my prayer time and learn to change my appetite to appreciate the subtle sweetness of the peace that comes with it.

     Yesterday, I saw Tim, my friend, who begged outside the church.  As he saw me approaching, he stood up and gave me a big hug.  We chatted.  As I was moving on to attend mass, he said to me "I love you".  Many people said that to me before.  But to my surprise, I was deeply touched by his words.  His three words touched the part of my heart that has been yearning for God's love.  I turned back to him and asked "Really?". He said "yes, I love all those who helped me.  I appreciated them.   I am very thankful for them and I love them."  I said "Thank you" and gave him a big hug.  I have hugged a lot of street people before.  Every time I hugged them, it's to give them love.   But this time, it's different.  I was receiving God's love through Tim!!!

     As I am writing this, I recall a prayer I said to Jesus, "Jesus, let me see You in the poor".  I realized that my prayer was answered!

     Reflecting on yesterday's experience with Tim, I asked myself "Who is the true beggar in this encounter?"   Even now, I am still savoring the love I received from it.  Thank you Jesus!

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