(Excerpted from chapter eleven of Keepers of the Way)
Praying to the Father about His disciples, Jesus stated plainly, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18) We’re not incorrect to apply those words to ourselves as modern-day disciples. That’s us too: sent into the world. Can we accept the idea we weren’t just born here, but sent here? Sent by God to our time and place? Sent for others?
To answer in the affirmative speaks of a purpose and a meaning and a drive that gets us out of bed each morning with more than a little focus and energy. Mother Teresa said as much in a speech at Cambridge University:
And today God keeps on loving the world, He keeps on sending you and me to prove that He loves the world, that He still has that compassion for the world. It is we who have to be His Love, His compassion in the world of today. But to be able to love we must have faith, for faith in action is love, and love in action is service.1
Wouldn’t it be great if what the world thought of the Church is what we hear Mother Teresa saying: that the Church is proof God loves the world? What a joyous thing it would be if the world could genuinely exclaim, “God must still love us, look at these amazing people He has sent to share with us His love!” Brothers and sisters, can we live into that and up to that? I know we can.
1 Mother Teresa, Jesus is My All in All: Praying with the “Saint of Calcutta”, Brian Kolodiejchuk, ed (New York: Doubleday, 2008), 41.