always with Us

As a deacon and a good man in the community, Anthony knew Matthew 26:11 as well as anyone: "For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always."

Where he differed from other good citizens of Ypsilanti was in his abiding understanding that the "me" in Matthew's text was clearly "he" himself. The poor disgusted him, frankly, and as near as he could determine from the hallways of history, they had always disgusted anyone of any consequence.

Anthony knew well his days were numbered, and one day the Lord would call him home. He knew too what he needed to be happy and how much it cost. Obviously, if he was not to be among his earthly brothers and sisters for too long a time, it was in everyone's best interest if he had what he needed to sustain his excellence...


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