Several years ago, every Friday morning, I would leave the office a half hour early for lunch. I would drive to the same chicken restaurant and order the exact same meal as the week before. I would then drive over for a quick visit with George.
As he would enjoy his lunch, we would talk about all sorts of things. He loved the stock market and he also shared quite a bit about his various jobs and careers. George lived in a very meager apartment with very little in it. Not the best of neighborhoods for his safety.
I guess he wall fall into the category of eccentric. You see, George had well over a million dollars in his bank account. Of course, eccentric is only part of the definition but I guess that does cover making good decisions.
One time George gave me a figurine. It was broken in two pieces but like he said, if I glued it back together, it would be pretty nice. Perfect analogy for us!
In the office, word leaked out about my Friday adventure and how I was buying lunch for a millionaire! The question soon became “why?”
For one, I liked George and could relate to him on some levels. I knew he had no way to go out and get lunch since he didn’t have a car. If George went anyplace, he walked. Finally, I came up with the truthful answer although it did take people by surprise and I don’t know if they understood it. When asked why I would do this, my reply became, “because he has a fish head in his freezer.”
My prayer for us today is to talk with God about the people who are or who feel marginalized in our society. Ask God for guidance if we might be the gentle witness for someone He has in mind. Also ask God to remind us how easy it is to judge people by their appearance or arrangements and to help us see the real person.
“The word of God does not belong to him who hears or speaks it, but to him who puts it into practice.”
– St. Giles of Assisi