At the age of 12 Agnes felt that the Lord was calling her into his service. She was going to obey that call no matter what it took. Finally at the age of 18 she became a nun and set off to join a convent in Dublin, Ireland. This is where she took the name Sister Mary Teresa. Within a year Sister Teresa had taken her first trip to India and was eventually assigned to teach at St. Mary’s High School for Girls in Calcutta. She followed the mission of the school to help the poor girls of Calcutta through education. After taking her last vow of poverty and obedience, she was given the name we all know now: Mother Teresa. Agnes Bojaxhiu is famous because she traded her life of potential comfort for a life of poverty, humility and obedience: a life of blessing others.
Sometimes doing what God says is right, does not always feel good. There are times that these decisions don’t just feel bad but they seem wrong. Whether it is guilt or anger or some other emotion that influences our decision-making, we must default to what God says as right.
Thousands of years ago Abraham and Sarah were presented with a promise from God: “I will make your children like the stars in the sky. Your family legacy will be passed on for generations. You just need to wait.” The Lord seemed to be saying, “if you wait until I get back into the room you’ll get a double treat”. The problem was that Abraham and Sarah had been waiting. (He and she were 85 and 75 years old, respectively). They had waited way longer than 15 minutes. Could it be that God had forgotten about them?
It is always difficult to know the best way to comfort someone who mourns a loss of life. “Should I call? Should I visit? Should I provide a meal? What should I say?” These questions, and more, might go through our minds. And to complicate things, people might also be dealing with regrets and guilt, knowing that they won’t see their loved one again on Earth. The command is just to “care” for those who have experienced extreme loss. Therefore, James says that “pure religion” is to take care of orphans and widows in their time of distress (cf. Exodus 22:2)