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Finding God in the Weeds: Hamilton and the Homeless

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A week ago last Friday, Maryknoll Father Bob Jalbert and I had the privilege to attend the hit play Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco. Before the performance, on the sidewalk in front of the entrance, folks gathered in their finest to take pictures and socialize.  As we were watching, two police officers quickly escorted a homeless person away from the scene.

The theater sits on the edge of the Tenderloin, which has the largest concentration of homeless in the area.  While normally this may have gone by unnoticed by us, we were uncomfortably struck by the irony.   We had just spent the previous week accompanying a group of people who participated in a mission immersion experience of working in the Tenderloin with the homeless.  Although we couldn't bring ourselves to scalp our tickets at a handsome profit and give the proceeds to the poor, it left us with much to ponder.

As I reflected on today's Gospel reading, in which Jesus offers the parable of the farmer…