Sunday, 27 September 2015

Mother Teresa's Untouchables

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.160)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 9:38-43.47-48
'But anyone who is the downfall of one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone hung round his neck.' Mark 9:42

I volunteered briefly as a nurse with Mother Teresa's Sisters in Calcutta (Kolkata).The Sisters drove a bus into the slums each morning and picked up the dying from the pavements. These 'Untouchables' belonged to the lowest social class.

Volunteers and Sisters transported these men and women into the Home of the Dying and provided care with the dignity and respect we all deserve.

In our own culture, news of this society's lack of care shocks us. Likewise, we believe that the 'little ones' Jesus refers to in his society; children, women, those with chronic illness or disability – have a right to equity.

Our personal verdict of not guilty to these offences becomes questionable after spending a few moments in silence. The 'untouchables' and 'little ones' in our own lives are often those we shut out because we believe they have slighted us.

The negative vibes we project to these individuals result in their lack of peace and the cycle of pain and conflict continues. Our attitudes and actions can prevent them from reaching Jesus, as surely as the above scenarios describe.

Thankfully we have a God who forgives. Let us pray for the grace to do the same.

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.

RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Malcolm Davies  Friday, October 2nd, 2015