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September 23, 2018
Who is great in the eyes of God?
Today's gospel says, "If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all." Using that as a guide, name 5 people (besides Jesus) that would be great in the eyes of God. Mother Teresa would probably be near the top of the list. Martyrs and saints, probably, but name someone more contemporary. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Perhaps. And... and... and... hmm... this exercise may take a bit more time. Does that mean unless we are willing to give up our lives here and move to Calcutta, we will never be great to God?
Of course not! Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King, Jr. are very unusual in that they have achieved world fame. There are thousands of people who are great in the eyes of God every day. We just rarely hear about them as they quietly go about their days doing what pleases God.
Each time our actions are motivated by love for another, God smiles at our greatness. It is when we act from a place of selfishness that we cause Him pain. Each day we are given many opportunities to be great. And when we fail, we must repent and try to do better. Then God forgives, forgets, and looks for us to be great at the next opportunity.
Transfiguration would like to extend our prayers and support to those affected by the catastrophic events of Hurricane Florence.
If you would like to make a donation to help our affected brothers and sisters in the United States, you may do so at this link or by using the contact info listed below:
Catholic Charities USA
P.O. Box 17066
Baltimore MD 21297-1066
If you prefer your donation is directed to an international relief effort, please make your donation here or use the contact info listed below:
Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21297-0303
These agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care, as well as to the long-term need to rebuild and recover after widespread destruction. They also assist the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops with pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church. Thank you for your generosity!