When you hear the same message over and over again, you should take notice. Yeah, don’t need a 2 x 4 to get my attention.
The past few weeks I have been learning more and more about my role — the all of us — in this world. And the past few days, God’s been using a bull horn.
The message, per Teresa of Avila, that we are His hands and feet on Earth. That we are not saved because be believe, but we are called to love, to give, to act, to do and to represent (I’m so street :)). Seriously, we are one of the family. And lately I have been wrapped within myself, so the lesson is timely.
I wasn’t sure where to begin, then St. Francis came along, via the last chapter of Mother Teresa’s book.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
But even better, I just went looking for the St. John quote about how following Christ is both love and action, and instead of finding it, ran into St. Paul’s letter to the Romans/. Which I ran into last week as well. Talk about a Bull horn. 🙂
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God;for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12: 9-21