Sometimes it seems as if we are staring into the abyss of a problem with both an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness coupled with an underwhelming sense of our ability to make a difference.
What are we to do? As Christians how do we respond to hurricanes, poverty, divorce, abortion, and so many other personal crises and societal ills? Can we be the solution to the problem or are we simply throwing a cup of water on a massive wildfire? I believe God calls us as Christians to act and to bring Jesus to others. Here’s how I think we can be the solution.
First, let us remember that Jesus came. He cared for the poor, healed the sick, fed the hungry, and raised the dead. However, when Jesus left the world there were still plenty of poor, sick, hungry, hurting, and dead people. Did he fail?
Jesus, of course, did not fail, but he did redefine success. His life of perfection ended with the cross. We cannot forget though that death transformed to life through the resurrection. The cross was the ultimate poverty of life. Jesus was stripped of everything and died an excruciating death. This poverty showed us the richness of grace and love and the power of God in the resurrection.
We are called to bring the light of the resurrection to the world. We are called to bring the love of God to others. The cross reminds us that we do this not from a place of superiority but from a place where we recognize we too are poor, even if that might not be a physical poverty.
Mother Teresa reminded us that “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked, and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”
You cannot fix the world. You cannot solve poverty. You will not heal all the sick. However, God can do all these things. I believe as the body of Christ we can and you can be a part of that.
It doesn’t start with the grandiose. It starts with the small act of love in your home. It starts with a conversation with the homeless man asking you for money. It starts with being the love of God to your coworker. It starts with you getting out of your comfort zone to comfort the afflicted. Make no mistake: love always has a cost. Loving our neighbor is hard, but it’s in loving our neighbor that we are both being Christ to the world and loving Christ in the world.
Going back to the forest fire analogy, I believe what we accomplish together as the Body of Christ is not merely the addition of throwing all our collective cups of water together on a fire. A systematic change will happen best in the world when we activate the best system ever given to the world, the Body of Christ, the Church. The Church is not simply an outside institution. You and I are called to be the church and to be the Church to the world. Each of us has a place and a calling within the Church. Together we can impact the world in ways beyond our own efforts.
Billy Graham reportedly said that “the Catholic Church is a sleeping giant and when it awakens, it will shake the world.”
Let’s shake the world today. Let’s wake up and realize the great needs of the world both in our backyard and in distant countries. Let’s bring both the good news of the love of Jesus Christ to others and respond to their hurts, their poverties, and their needs.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa
Do something great today. Let us be people who pray and be people who act. Be the love of Jesus to the world.
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