You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and…Catholics: Fake and Real
This morning as I was reading the Daily Bible Passage email that my dear friend sends me, this meditation touched my heart:
“I am poor and when I have nothing to give to the poor, I give them my soul, my heart, and my love, since love is worth much more than money offerings.” –Blessed Piety of the Cross
As Christians, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are called to look for ways we can provide comfort and hope to those who are in need. Each person has a different need…it could be shelter, food/water, clothing, employment, friendship, medical care, education, or a maybe a safe haven.
One need we all share, is the need to be truly loved.
Each day, the Lord works through His Church, which is The Body of Christ. We are His hands and feet…to spread The Good News of His saving love and mercy. When we open ourselves to Jesus, and invite Him into our hearts, we become beautiful vessels of His Love spilling out onto a world in need. When we are open to listen and hear His Spirit calling to us, we will be led throughout our day to ways we can show love to each individual soul. According to the blessings and ministry the Lord has entrusted us with, we learn to see the need and fill that need whenever it is in our power to do so, always sharing our very hearts and souls in the process.
However, there are times that we can not provide what is needed in the physical world, although we hunger to do so. We must always remember that we have the light and love of Christ to share with each and every person we meet. We have our hearts and souls to offer to the world and for the the world, through Jesus Christ.
This simple way of loving as Christ loves, can be clearly seen in the life of Mother Teresa. Only recently have I known her story, and my husband and I watched the film “Mother Teresa” (starring Olivia Hussey) last weekend. Wow…my heart has never been so moved as to what it really means to love as Christ loves, and to follow His Voice in our lives. The last scene of the movie touched me on a deep level, in the way it portrayed how the love of Christ is passed from person to person, from generation to generation.
I will leave you with one of Mother Teresa’s quotes:
“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”
How amazing that the Lord would choose to invite us to be an instrument that writes His love letter!
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matt 25:35-40
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
There is a world full of need out there. All you have to do is read a few headlines or listen to some news, and you can quickly feel overwhelmed with the suffering, misery, and evil in the world. How many times do you think, “that is just so horrible”, or “how could someone even think to do something like that?” Sometimes you feel such compassion or empathy for the people involved, that you want to do SOMETHING. Then you turn off the TV or click off your computer, and you kind of forget about it.
Does that sound familiar? I think we are overwhelmed because of the sheer number of things we hear about every day. Sensory overload. It’s hard to focus because of the bigness of the need…after all, what could one person do that could even make a dent?
I think the first thing we can do is realize that we are watching a biased view of reality. We are mostly seeing only the negative, because that’s what makes for “interesting” news. Right at this moment, there are countless acts of love being showered on people in need. You might hear of some of these acts of kindness, but I can guarantee that the numbers are much higher than you think. Because of this sharing of love, many sad and hardened hearts will be opened to the pure healing power of Jesus. There are so many ways the Lord moves to touch the hearts of those who are lost. Remember, He is the Good Shepherd – He will always find a way to pull in His lost sheep.
Are you ready to be used by your loving God? Have you made the choice to open your heart and soul to Jesus, allowing Him to work through you? Do you feel a tugging at your heart…a feeling that you are being called in some way but you just can’t figure what it is? God is calling you to share His love.
God created you because you play an intricate part in His plan. You can touch certain people in a way no one else can – you possess gifts and talents that are unique to you. You were given exactly all that is needed for your place in the Body of Christ.
Don’t let the world’s problems overwhelm you into doing nothing. Ask the Lord to direct you…to open your eyes so you can see the needs of those that are around you, and ears to listen to how you can help them. You will know where the Lord is leading you; you will feel it in your soul. It may be He is leading you to do something HUGE or it may be small acts of love and kindness.
The key is to take the first step, which leads to the next, and the next. Once your eyes are open, you will be surprised how aware you become of the people right in your midst…who have been there all along, who are waiting for you to take that step, in love, toward them.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Philippians 2:2-4 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others