Spencer Burke, of Newport Beach, California, writes: “On one occasion, our community was getting kicked out of a park because of our interaction with the homeless. ‘You can’t feed the homeless here; you need a permit,’ the policeman said. I replied, ‘We are not feeding the homeless. We are having a picnic. We’re eating with them.'”

What a great attitude shift that would be for me. I’m not “feeding the homeless, I’m eating with them.” Sounds like the way Jesus lived and treated people. The poor never felt denegrated by Jesus–they felt lifted up.