Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jesus Needs My Service - By Mother Angelica

God created each one of us with a definite purpose in His Infinite Mind. Though He always sees a panoramic view of our entire lives, this knowledge does not prevent Him from seeking our wills and hearts. When our neighbor needs us, it is because we have something to give him that he does not already possess. The thing we have to give may not be tangible, but we can fulfill a need none the less. With God it is different. Everything we have in body, soul, talents and possessions is a gift from Him. What we do give Him in these areas is no gift at all for we already belong to Him. It then becomes necessary for us to render to our neighbor those things we cannot render to God, and in the same manner as God gives His gifts to us. We must render them gratuitously and unselfishly, not because our neighbor deserves our benefits, but solely because we want to imitate the Father. Whether the service we render is tangible, like food and clothing, or intangible, like love, prayer, compassion and patience, we need to do to our neighbor the services we cannot do to God. That is why Jesus will say on the last day, "I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did it to Me." (Matt. 25:40)

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