During my last trip in Europe I saw a large number of beggars. There were so many beggars, there was no way one could respond to all of them. The solution was often not to “see” any of them. But the beggars made this difficult. They would press themselves on you. They would approach you, tugging at your sleeve and pleading loudly for help. Some are even aggressive, and you need to speed up to get through before you were trapped. Did you get the picture here in Acts 3? A beautiful gate but repulsive beggars all around it - what a contrasting picture! This is the modern Christian Church...
- Go away beggar, I cannot shot pictures of this place because of you… I came to this church, and I entered trough this beautiful gate to enjoy myself, to admire the view, to listen nice music and a good sermon… But you, miserable beggar, you destroyed my peace!...
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