Monday mornings are my favorite.
I love the feeling of a brand new week. It feels like hope. It feels like light.
And so, every Monday morning, I want to remind you about what matters the most these mornings and for the rest of the week.
And those are things like hope and light.
I want to remind you that we’re not here to check off things from our to-do lists, and we’re not here to busy ourselves with cares & matters of this world — even though it can certainly feel that way on a Monday morning, amIright?
What matters most is all about the next world, though.
But to be honest, that does mean that what we’re doing here & now matters.
But not like most people think…
And that’s what these Monday morning reminders are all about! A reminder from above about what’s within: Him, His love, His grace, His mercy… and what that means for us.
Today, I want to talk about how it can be.
And of course, this sort of inspiration comes from soon-to-be-saint Mother Teresa!
In “Mother Teresa and Me,” Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle wrote that what made Mother Teresa holy was how she would always pause, “from what she was doing to tend to the need that unfolded before her, whether it was speaking to someone in need, righting some wrong or serving in some way. She wholeheartedly embraced Jesus’ instruction to serve him in everyone: ‘Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me.’”
O’Boyle said, “Everyone mattered to her,” and what enabled this holiness, she says, was prayer, “whether it was the constant Memorares she said or the Mass.” (Brian O’Neel)
When I read that, I immediately thought of how we’re called to serve those closest to us — whoever we’re coming in contact with on any given day, whether that’s our husbands and children first thing in the morning while we make them lunch, or whether it’s the other people sitting in their cars at a red light, or our co-workers that we interact with in the break-room for five minutes. In each of these scenarios, we’re called to show love and to serve those other people.
The actual tasks our jobs demand may not be what matters the most everyday, but if we look at how Mother Teresa conducted herself and served those around her, we can see how our jobs can be very meaningful: by allowing us to serve the people closest to us, whoever they are and in whatever situation we’re in.
I love how O’Boyle mentioned that Mother Teresa would, “tend to the need that unfolded before her.” It wasn’t about her plan for the day, or what she needed or wanted to accomplish. She allowed the Holy Spirit to move within her, and about her day, to bring her directly to the people Jesus needed her most to love and serve.
I hope we can do that too this week. If only our hearts and minds are open to his beckoning, and willing to move out to do it. Willing to be just a little uncomfortable for a greater good of serving God’s people – whether they’re the ones we have at home or at work. We have to be willing to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, and we have to be willing to follow.
And of course, Mother Teresa was only enabled to do this through prayer, and so the same must be true for us.