A theme of quite a few of my blogs have to do with actions. Not necessarily just the theological issue of works and faith but, more so, our daily actions as people. The theme of this week’s scriptures at Sunday Mass was that whoever helps another will be rewarded while whoever leads another astray will be punished. St. Francis would tell his followers to join him in teaching the Gospel and to use words if necessary.
It is very important to act in a civil and, moreover, a Christian way in our daily lives from greeting our family first thing each morning with a smile and throughout the day to all people with whom we are in contact. At a reception after a dedication ceremony at my parish yesterday after the Mass, I noticed that our Bishop greeted everyone in attendance with a most winning and genuine smile. I could not help but to think that was leadership in action. I was considering this blog at the time and knew, at that moment, that I must include that observation of the Bishop in this blog. He was never aloof but was a most kind and warm shepherd of his flock. A wonderful example for us all.
It is not a matter of doing great things at all. It just starts with a smile, being on time, saying please and thank you. Let me share with you a couple of my favorite sayings of Mother Teresa: “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless” and “God doesn’t require us to succeed; He only requires that you try.” The theme of her life is love - love of God and love of each other. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Sounds like the theme of the life of our Lord, Jesus.
But, love is meaningless if it is not put into actions on a daily basis. Not just in great or cosmic actions but in the small acts of our daily life done with the love of God and of each other. I will close with a final saying of Mother Teresa: “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Let me know what you think.
Let the light of our Lord shine upon you!