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It’s time to examine our spiritual condition

In 1989 Time magazine ran an interview with Mother Teresa.

She said: “People are responding not because of me but because of what we are doing. I think that before people were speaking much about the poor, but now more and more people are speaking to the poor. That is the great difference. Before, nobody bothered about the people in the street. We have picked up from the streets of Calcutta 54,000 people.

Then came four questions, and four remarkable responses:

Q: Humble as you are, it must be an extraordinary thing to be a vehicle of God’s grace in the world. A: But it is his work. I think God wants to show his greatness by using nothingness.

Q: You feel you have no special qualities? A: I don’t think so. I don’t claim anything of the work. It is his work. I am like a little pencil in his hand. That is all. He does the thinking. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it. The pencil has only to be allowed to be used.

Q: What is God’s greatest gift to you? A: The poor people.

Q:How are they a gift to you? A: I have an opportunity to be 24 hours a day with Jesus.

Lent is a season which challenges us to examine our spiritual condition. This Lent let us resolve to be the pencils with which God can write something beautiful.

Rev Richard Morrison

Whaplode Drove, Gedney Hill, Whaplode and Holbeach St Johns.