The Gospel Lived
“She would leave everything behind and work for those who were most in need. It’s not simply that she took care of the wretched in the slums. The beauty of her work was that she treated every person the same, whether rich or poor. She treated each person as the image of Christ.” – Cardinal O’Connor
I don’t know when exactly Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu dedicated her life to God, but what is certain is that God had a plan for her. His plan for her would be for her to share His love throughout the world. His plan for her was that she should live the Gospel loving others.
How we live the Gospel and the form we take as people living our purpose for God is different for all of us. Some of us simply go about our daily work, always willing to love. Some of us give up everything to share all of us for the sake of Christ. Agne’s life would look more like the latter. And we can thank God for her because of it.
Today over 4,500 people serve a ministry she began in 1950 called the “Missionaries of Charity.” They serve the poorest of the poor throughout the world. They serve prostitutes and drug addicts. They serve those inflicted with HIV. They simply serve those in need with love. Because no matter what a person’s done. They need love. The same is true for you and me. I wonder how many nations were changed through her work. Communist and Atheist countries opened their doors to Christianity because of the charity her organization did. The world is changed because of her love. Agnes Bojaxhiu, known all over the world as Mother Teresa changed the world because she decided to share the love of Christ with all she had to whoever she could. She is proof that love makes a difference. Do we have the courage to join her? The Bible says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)
“Her total dedication to God, confirmed every day in prayer, was translated into a total dedication to her neighbor.” “In the smile, in the gestures and in the words of Mother Teresa, Jesus walked again in the streets of the world as the Good Samaritan and continues to do so through the Missionaries of Charity, who form the great family that she founded.” – Pope John Paul II
God Bless You,