22 Mar Believe His Works (John 10:37-38) by Rosemary Bernth
“If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” ~ John 10:37-38 (full readings)
Rosemary’s Reflections: I had a good discussion with another Christian about God working through others. He admitted he was not a big fan of Mother Teresa, stating that every good deed she did for the ill and dying was for fame. I was appalled by his accusation–this man was condemning a woman willing to reach out to the Untouchables of her country. I simply told him that he should at least rejoice in the fact she is following Jesus’ example of the Beatitudes. Unlike most celebrities in our country who are only famous for their sex appeal, money, or power…Blessed Mother Teresa used her influence for the improvement of humanity, in the name of our Lord. There is no doubt in my mind that Mother Teresa was a vessel for our Lord.
* Rosemary Bernth (LIFE Runner) was a journalist for the Diocese of Sioux City’s newspaper and is now a writing/travel graduate student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Faith Challenge: I asked my friend what he had done to put his faith in action. St. James wrote faith without works is dead. If the world is to know we are Christians and that God is alive within us, we must constantly be in action with His Intentions on our minds and hearts. If we are to turn the tide on abortion, we must let God speak through our actions, rather than our pride.
Feast Day: St. Nicholas Owen
Faith Quote: “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” ~ Mother Teresa