A few nights ago I went to see my friend Monet Bagneris perform her original songs, she was amazing!
On the way home, I stopped to get some food at a food truck outside a gas station when a man approached me asking for money.
I asked him what the money was for and he said it was to get home to see his family. I asked him if he was hungry and he said yes, so I got him a carnitas burrito with everything on it. I also got him a Jarritos just for fun.
As I waited for our burritos, the man and I sat down and talked for a while.
He told me he has a 25 year old daughter, that his name is Eric and that he lives in LA. We also laughed at the fact that this was his 3rd Jarritos that day. I got up to pick up our food (I got the carne asada burrito) and handed him his warm bag.
As we got up, Eric looked at me in the eye, put his hand on my shoulder and said “thank you”. At that moment, a warmth came over me that I didn’t expect, it was as if Jesus himself was saying “thank you for feeding my sheep”.
As I got into my car, I saw Eric walk away and thought to myself, I really wasn’t the hero tonight, in fact, I didn’t do anything special. In fact, I was the one who received something amazing, I had received the gift of giving. Truly it is better to give than to receive.
I hope that during this holiday Christmas season you realize that true GOZO is not in being a hero or doing anything out of the ordinary, but in simply being human and willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus wherever He leads.
Thank you for being here.
God’s grace to you,