I Corinthians 12: 7-10 “Grace”
Last night I anointed and prayed for a man who is terminally ill who lives on the street. He had called a City agency again about getting a hospice bed and received a “text” saying, “Sorry sir you are not sick enough yet, see your doctor Tuesday and we will get back to you.” It is a cold, dreary night , drunks all around,and he is looking at the text, I took the number and I sent a text back that got her attention, and she called me. Her excuse was, “there are too many people,” and I replied, “and this one is dying, and you sit in your comfortable office, with your cup of coffee, and show your inhumanity to this man, who is on the streets,” and her response, “too bad.” He always tells me he feels “God’s power” when I anoint him, and lately I feel nothing but emptiness, but I keep on doing it. For in the emptiness God is most present.
Steve Jobs wrote: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
In this these words the Gospel is spoken to me–the Angel of Death draws nearer and nearer, and we have nothing to lose–we are naked–and we are called to give of all so that others might have life.
Paul wrote: “My grace is enough, it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” These days all I have is that grace, I have nothing else left, and I understand my friend in so many new ways I have never understood before. So I will continue to follow my heart. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!