Today is Mother Teresa 100Th birthday.
Last night I was reading the Gospel passage of Mathew 5:14-19
You are the light of the world,A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket,but on a lamp stand,and
it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men,that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.
It struck me today this is truly Mother Teresa's passage,weather she knew it while on earth or not.
You know we are all lights to the world and Mother understood that one match can cause all the darkness of the world to seem brighter,it was a beacon,a goal,a warmth.
Darkness can never crowd out light unless light becomes dim on its own.The dimmer a light becomes the more the darkness envelopes it and us.
If you do good works and are a light the people around you will not only draw from you but according to this passage they will glorify "your Father in heaven",not theirs,yours.
Mother Teresa knew that if you did good works daily to the least then every person you helped you gave a spark of light to.
A lamp on a stand enlightens an entire room and all those in the room gain from its glory.
We in our electrical society,take light for granted and do not understand its simple power.
Have you ever been in a completely black room with not even a speck of light? Do you get a frightened feeling? like you are no longer even sure you are still connected to your own body? Suddenly you feel alone even if you have some one standing right near you.
How wonderful it feels when a simple match or candle enters the room.
Like you are safe and engulfed in warmth, from this single flame.
You now see every one around you and understand that your not alone.
This is what Mother's generosity gave to the people of the world.
She understood that actions speak louder then words and goodness can over come any religious differences.
Its funny that Mother Theresa came on the scene after Gandhi's death it was as if he won India liberation and she was needed to help heal the wounds of a country still at war with itself.
She was from a different country and religion then those she served in India but she brought Jesus mercy to them,not by words but by action.
This small simple little flame enlightened the word and brought respect and love to everyone with her healing actions.
Thank you Mother Teresa you will never know how happy you made the world feel just by your simple acts of love and faith and your mar being.
When you were present people thanked your God for your warmth and sunlight and you helped decrease the darkness by being the city on the hill.
So much from such a small spark that caught fire to the world...Thank God for you...