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