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Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)

Read: Genesis 24:52-26:16, Matthew 8:18-34, Psalm 10:1-15, Proverbs 3:7-8

Relate: I have both read and heard a story of a bunch of radical college students who took on a crazy mission, but it has been so long ago that some of the details might be a little fuzzy. What happened, happened at least a decade or more back. Probably a bit more. It was in the city of Philadelphia and a bunch of college students had forsaken their college dorm to live, or squat, in low rent and condemned tenement buildings. They were on a mission to show not just a distanced love, but a sincere solidarity with the poor and the homeless in their city.

There was a time when “word on the street” meant just that. Even before the advent of social media, most cities and ghettos had a highly efficient and effective grapevine. In a few days, Philly was going to be hosting one of the upcoming national conventions. Republican or democrat, I don’t remember which. Either way the legislators had passed some ordinance and shortly before the convention hit town the police would be doing a major sweep  arresting and locking up all the city’s homeless for the duration. Word on the street spread quickly and since the students were living and loving on these poorest of the poor they found out well in advance. These students living in poor tenements, along with many of their friends who were still living in the dorms decided they would become “homeless” when this sweep was going to be happening.

Dozens of these courageous students were swept up and locked away for the night along with hundreds of other homeless men, women, and children. In order to keep these “vagrants” locked away for the duration of the Convention, they had to be brought up on some charge. You can imagine the judge, for whom this responsibility fell, when he found that a large percentage of those to be booked were reasonably well dressed and well spoken teens and twenty-somethings. He asked them what they thought they were doing. Rather than answering, each student and homeless adult took off their jackets and sweatshirts. Underneath everyone was wearing a shirt that contained this verse. “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” – Jesus

The judge then said something along the lines of, “You are asking me to chose between upholding the law and maintaining justice. I choose justice.” Each and every one of these cases was summarily thrown out and everyone was allowed to go free.

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