“Love to be real, it must cost – it must hurt – it must empty us of self.” -St. Teresa of Calcutta
“How can I love you today?” I have a friend who sends me this text message often. “How can I love you today?” When I first was receiving those messages, I felt kind of uncomfortable, mainly because I wasn’t sure how to respond and also because I found it challenged me in my own life to think about the ways I loved people and the ways I fall short loving others. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s hard to think about all the ways you miss the mark.
Today’s Gospel literally calls us out of any areas of complacency and challenges us to think about what we do and who we are serving. How do we love? Do we love well? Mother Teresa always told her sisters to remember the “Gospel on Five Fingers.” She would say the words, “You did it for Me,” as she held up each finger of her hand. These words come from our Gospel today: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40).
This message should challenge and convict us to get out of our normal mindset and routine to acknowledge why we do what we do and who we serve. I challenge all of you to love like Jesus loves; to examine how you serve, who you serve, and perhaps even send a message to your friends to ask “How can I love you today?”