Should You Give Money to the Homeless? (Special Podcast Highlight)

When you see a homeless person, do you just walk by? Or do you sense the Holy Spirit stirring within you to help them?

In a particularly touching episode of The Drew Mariani Show, the conversation between Drew and John Brundage, a seminarian, unfolds into a deep exploration of kindness, humanity, and the essence of giving. They discuss the heart-wrenching dilemma many of us face: Should we give money to the homeless, even if we fear it might not be used wisely?


The Conflict Within Us

Some argue that giving money might support harmful habits, inadvertently causing more harm than good. But Drew and John pivot to a profound perspective. They speak about the act of giving not just as an aid but as a sacred recognition of the individual’s dignity, a way to affirm their worth in a world that often overlooks them.


Moments of Connection

John Brundage talks about looking beyond the surface, seeing the person asking for help as more than their current situation. Each time we reach into our pockets, we’re not just handing over coins; we’re offering a moment of connection, a signal to someone that they are seen and valued. It’s these interactions, brief yet powerful, that can restore a sense of worth and humanity.


 A Brush with God

Drew recounts a personal story that seems almost miraculous, suggesting that our acts of kindness are noted by Christ. He tells of a wedding he attended, where he reluctantly gave what little he had to a homeless man in the church. Later, a mysterious bounty appeared in his dryer—an unexpected return on his generosity. It’s a reminder, perhaps, that in giving, we open ourselves up to divine surprises, and maybe, just maybe, we brush against the angels among us.


A Call for Discernment and Open Hearts

Yes, we must be wise, but we need to consider: What if our small act of giving is the one kind moment in someone’s harsh day? What if our few dollars buy not just a meal but a moment of relief?


 An Invitation to Reflect 

So next time you encounter someone in need, remember this conversation. Consider not just the change you offer but the change you might inspire. In the simple act of opening our hands and hearts, we might just find ourselves closer to God.

Drew Mariani is an award-winning journalist, writer and broadcaster. He currently hosts The Drew Mariani Show™ reaching a potential audience of 220 million people. His 3-hour daily program offers a unique insight on the most important issues of the day and a platform for dialogue with listeners and newsmakers.