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Sometimes being is doing


“So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith” (Gal. 6:10).

The word that holds my attention, here, my loving Lord, is do.

I am a doer. It is one of the ways I speak love and care to those in my life doing for them: cooking, baking, helping, serving, teaching, singing, working, praying é

It is hard for me to accept that there are times when the only thing I can do in a given situation is to be. It frustrates me when time, distance, ability, schedules, or obligations prevent me from doing something for another to let them know I care.

But it shouldn’t be a frustration. Thank you for helping me to see that sometimes what is needed is for me to simply be. You created us to be in community with each other and to be present for each other. That gift of self just being who and what we are is sufficient.

Help each of us realize, dear Abba, loving potter who made each of us unique and unlike any other, that our gift of self to others just being often the best gift. To be fully present, offering ourselves with the talents, skills, knowledge, and experience, but also our faults, failings, and sorrows is all that is needed.

You, Lord Jesus, call us to be, as St. Teresa of Avila eloquently put it ...and as John Michael Talbot so beautifully sings your eyes, hands, feet, and love.

Christ has no body but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

Compassion on this world,

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,

Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

compassion on this world.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515--1582)

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