Do All With Love
We are celebrating the feast of St Thérèse of Lisieux as I ponder this reflection. She incarnates for millions of Christ-followers what it means to be Christ in the world. Never setting foot outside the walls of her convent, she is the patron saint of missionaries. Never writing a huge theological tome, she is a doctor of the church, a teacher. What did she teach?
In simple terms she taught that holiness, doing God’s will, being the face of Christ to others, is to do everyday tasks with love and sincerity. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Don’t we all live every day acting in all aspects of our lives with love, acceptance, compassion, patience, and joy? Oh, come on! I taught at Seattle Prep for 28 years. I know how daunting a commitment it is to love all students, all colleagues, all administrators, my family or community, even myself all the time every day in every circumstance.
Nevertheless, isn’t that what incarnation is all about? God becomes one of us in Jesus to show us that it is possible to love everyone all the time. Will it cost us? Oh yeah! Will it bring joy and consolation to our lives, even with the little deaths we experience? You bet! God joined the human race to go before us as an example of how to be a teacher, a friend, a deep down loving human.
Incarnation changes everything!
Fr. Richard Perry, S.J., was a Collegio teacher at Seattle Prep from 1973-2001. He is currently serving as Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church in Missoula, Montana.