Waiting for the bus
As Jay and I were waiting for the bus, he told me about his previous Union Gospel Mission experience. A few days ago the priest threatened a lifetime of hell to all the impoverished non-believers. This priest went on preaching that “Jesus will either send you to heaven or have you rot in hell”. Jay was able to see through these scare tactics that religious establishments tend to use frequently and said “I’m sure that the real Jesus would never wish such a thing to anybody.” He envisioned that Jesus would get along with all kinds of people, no matter if one was a criminal, prostitute, physically disabled, mentally disabled or a drug addict. Why would Jesus want God’s creations to rot in hell?
Jay started telling me why he was here. He started a shipping company with someone he had known for two years. That man claimed to be very religious. He would always carry a statue of the Virgin Mary with him and never did drugs. However, that man did not turn out to be the kind of person that Jay thought he would be. Jay naively trusted people too quickly, because he was a self-proclaimed love addict.
One of the shipments that went through was filled with 100 kilograms of cocaine and amphetamines. The government seized his property and left him with nothing. Now is this a lesson for me not to trust others so quickly or is it a story of an innocent man being framed for something he didn’t do? He claimed his innocence and I believed him.
Jay was then sent to jail. While he was in jail, he asked for the Bible. He wanted to find the words “Anti-Christ” but he said he failed to find it. Everybody talks about the Anti-Christ, so why was there no mention of it in the Bible? Next he started reading the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Why? He wasn’t sure. He read a few pages of it and put the book down. He then put in a request to meet with a priest. Jay wanted someone to come and pray with him.
I believe a nun came to help him pray. Before they started praying, she decided to read a section of the Bible to him. Out of the entire book, which is probably around 1000 pages long, the nun picked the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den. She did not even read the story from the beginning; she started where Jay left off!
Jay was blown away by this coincidence. I guess the master of magicians cast another spell and Jay was aware of this trick. Is this magician always casting spells for us to discover? Eric, whom I met yesterday, would definitively agree with that statement. Towards the end of their meeting, Jay confessed to the nun that he was innocent. She looked at him and started to cry, “I know that you are innocent Jay”. Being the sensitive man that he is, Jay also started to tear up. They both cried together.
When the bus arrived, I told the driver that I had no money. Two transit police officers were standing at the front of the bus. One of the officers asked me where I was sleeping tonight. I told him that I was homeless. He reached in his pocket, handed me an envelope and said “Merry Christmas”. There was a $5 gift certificate to McDonald’s in there.