And You Will be a Blessing

Date

Feb 4, 2017

Sermon Series

Abraham

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.

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There is a reason that Agnes Bojaxhiu is famous:  she followed the “call to bless”.  Agnes was born in 1910 to a devout Catholic-Albanian family in Macedonia.  When only 8 years older her beloved father fell very ill and died.  (Some suspect that political enemies poisoned him)  These circumstances “forced” Agnes to cling close to her mother, who was an advocate of all kinds of charities.  It was well known in their neighborhood where the destitute could go to find food:  their house.  

    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.

    But in 1946 she felt that she was receiving a “call within a call”. To her, God was calling her beyond education to help the poor.  She was being called to help “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for”.  But she could not without official permission.  For a year and a half she lobbied to make this her life work and in January of 1948 she was given approval to pursue this new calling.  And the rest is history.  Since then she has established an orphanage, a leper colony, health clinics, a nursing home, a home to help those infected with HIV/AIDS, and more.  

    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. 

- Pastor Kent

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