Hi there, Brian here. It's been a while since I blogged. I switched the day I serve the homeless of Austin from Tuesdays to Saturdays. It has been difficult to find time to blog since my move. I started traveling about 4 months ago and this is what forced the switch. I was moved by the Holy Spirit last Saturday and wanted to share my experience. Ed, one of the many homeless men I serve, is an outspoken, outgoing, loud yet gentle man. Ed is always polite and kind. Ed frequently brags of his Mexican heritage, he's a very proud man. Last Saturday I missed Ed during my normal time that I serve the homeless. After the line dwindled and the food disappeared, I offered to take Elvis up the street, so he could get something he needed. When I brought Elvis back to the park, Ed was there. Ed came running up from the gazebo. He just wanted to say hello. Ed looked at me and said, "Brian, I think I made a preacher man mad this morning" "I better not tell you what I told him because I am afraid you too will be angry with me, and I like what you do to help the homeless, so I don't want to make you mad" I urged Ed to share what it was that was on his mind and assured him that I am slow to anger. Ed explained … "I told the preacher man that I didn't believe in God, he asked me to leave when I told him I did in fact believe in Jesus Christ, but not God" I asked Ed how could this be? Jesus is the son of God. Ed continued "I think that if God really did exist, then He would have sacrificed Himself, He would not have made His son do that for Him. Don't you agree as a father that you would much rather die than see your children die, much less your only son?" I carefully constructed my answer. I looked at Ed and I said "You bring up some very good points Ed. I definitely agree I would much rather die for my children rather than see them suffer and die. I can't help to wonder though, what impact would God have on people 2000 years ago leading up to today had He died for our sins in place of His son. My opinion is that God gave of His only begotten son for our sins because this was the ultimate sacrifice. If I were to die for a cause, most people would say, wow that Brian was a really good guy with great morals. Would I be remembered for 2000 years for this? What impact would this have on others?" This conversation got Ed thinking. We continued to talk on the subject and I hope now he has a better understanding now of why God gave His only son for our sins. This made me think of a quote from Mother Teressa. Mother Teressa expressed so powerfully "In the Eucharist I see Christ in the appearance of the bread. In the slums I see Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor. The Eucharist and the poor are but one love for me."