The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. (Mark 14:7, NIV)
“‘Scuse me … can you spare a few coins?” If you live where I live, you know who I’m quoting.
He’s been at it for years. He’s not representing UNICEF, Red Cross, Cancer Society, Greenpeace, the Fred Hollows Foundation, or even Hare Krishna – although they’ve all got beggars out on the streets seeking a few coins … or a monthly subscription.
I saw this fellow a couple of evenings ago, seated on a bench near the usual intersection. He stood up to approach me, but a gust of wind plucked his black billed cap from his head. The prospect of having to chase after the cap clearly proved too daunting and he resumed his seat.
“I’ll grab it for you,” I reassured him, noting that it had come to a stop against a pole, at the feet of a young woman waiting for the green man.
“Thanks mate,” he replied. And, when I returned with it, “A few spare coins?”
“I have none.”
For a sermon dealing with this topic, here’s one from W Maynard Pittendreigh.