Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Walking the Walk, A Call to Witness

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ ........Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25 35-40

The greatest lessons I ever learned were the lessons I witnessed first hand.
I learned to share, because I was taught compassion for those less fortunate.
I learned hospitality, because the door of our home was always open and an extra bed or plate was always available.
I learned prayer, because I was taught that prayer was a conversation of love with God himself.
And I learned love, because I was taught acceptance of myself and others.

 The greatest teachers I ever had were my parents. They were my first educators in the ways of the faith and they taught me by walking the walk and not just talking the talk.They understood that their job was not to be my buddy, but lead me toward the Lord.

In this month’s message from our Blessed Virgin Mary,  she asks us to walk the walk, to lead others the Lord, to be a witness of our faith to all we meet.This is not always an easy things to do, but as St. Therese of Lisieux  said herself, "seek out always the most perfect thing to do, and forget self". Through her "little ways" she committed herself to the tasks and people God sent her way. She was a joyful witness to the faith.
 
Message of September 25, 2011 "Dear children! I call you, for this time to be for all of you, a time of witnessing. You, who live in the love of God and have experienced His gifts, witness them with your words and life that they may be for the joy and encouragement to others in faith. I am with you and incessantly intercede before God for all of you that your faith may always be alive and joyful, and in the love of God. Thank you for having responded to my call." 09/25/2011

Prayer: Blessed Mother, through your love and intercession, pray that I, in my unworthiness , might still be a joyful witness for the Lord and that I might find great pleasure in serving Him in "little ways".

7 comments:

Do Not Be Anxious said...

This reminds me of the parable of the talents, one which often disturbs me --- the part about being expected to not only return our talents, but multiply them. I worry about that; am I using my talents to bring others to Christ. And offsetting that is the worry that I worry too much about this, thinking that I am more important in Jesus' plans than I think I am --- a sin of Pride.

It's hard to search for and fertilize in the garden of His will, when there are so many weeds of my own will in the way --- and so often I can't distinguish between them!

Daily Grace said...

DNBA~

Pride is one of my own stumbling blocks, something I ask God to remove from me everyday, my weed so to speak of.

Today, while reading your comment, I realized that even a weed has a purpose, in fact some are quite pleasant to look at,like the South Africa, Montbretia.

I guess what I am getting at is that God uses all for His good, even our imperfection (of which I have many!).

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. You have stirred much thought in me this morning.

Peace

Ed Sousa, Sr. said...

Daily Grace, Thank you for sharing this and Thank God for the parents he gave us.

Daily Grace said...

Amen Ed! God bless our parents, a gift of God's grace...

Colleen said...

I pray and hope that my life is a witness to others. Great post.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Great post. Plenty to think about here, and put into practice, difficult as it might be.

God bless.

Anne said...

How blessed you were to have such wonderful parents who gave you beautiful examples of life and love!