I was reading the other day that Mother Teresa always ended her letters with the words, “I looked for one to comfort me, but I found no one”. (From Psalms 68:21) She would then write underneath those words this saying: “Be the one”. If we think about those two sentences and ponder them in our heart, we cannot help but realize that they apply to each of us, as well. We feel that we are just a part of a bigger group, but we are a unique part.

Each one of us is unique, and I can prove it right now. You were born in a specific time frame, you lived in an area that the majority of us have not. You were influenced by the people around you, where you lived, when you lived and the influences of your parents. But the uniqueness goes on. You did good and bad things. You were exposed to good and bad things. Your teachers they, too, were unique and they, also, influenced you, as did the pastor, the rabbi, the reverend, the priest, the nuns, the shop keepers, and the crossing guard. The list goes on and on and on, but you get the idea. Every one of us has lived under different circumstances, which had, and continue to have an effect on us. These are the circumstances that make each of us unique. No other person has experienced and lived in the exact same way that you have. Who we are, today, has been influenced by what we have learned, been taught and have experienced. Each of us is, in fact, unique.

Ok, I believe that you do realize that like a fingerprint, no one else on this earth is like you. Even if you are an identical twin, the people you have met and what you have done has influenced the two of you differently. You have a personality unlike anyone else’s. You are unlike anyone else. So what is all this about? You question with an, “Ok, ok, I get it, I am unique, so???” From all eternity, God saw all that you would experience, all that would shape you and knew then and there He had a plan for you. He knew how you would fit into His Divine Plan. This infinite God has a plan for each one of us. He doesn’t want us to imitate anyone else. He doesn’t want us to ignore our uniqueness. His plan for each of us involves everything that makes us, US.

So, you may belittle yourself, or think poorly of yourself, or see no good in what you do, but God sees otherwise. You have a quality that fits his plan to a “T”. We, however, cannot read the mind of God. We cannot know things before they happen. We cannot know what that plan is for us, or how we fit into it. All we can do is try to love Him so completely, so totally that we are at one with His will. If we strive to be at one with His will, then whatever happens, then whatever comes before us, we will know that His permissive will has already said, “Yes” to it. It is in His will, in Him, we are asked to trust.

All of this comes full circle, and we see from Mother Teresa’s letter that we are being urged to be the one. Be the one who provides comfort to Jesus; Be the one who understands His pain from seeing all the evil in the world; Be the one who takes steps to alleviate His suffering. But how do we do this? How can I, who had such lowly beginnings, with my background, with all my faults and weaknesses, how can I provide comfort to Jesus? No one can tell you. You cannot even tell yourself what you must do. In order for us to be the one, we must open ourselves up to events AS THEY HAPPEN. We cannot know them in advance. We are simply creatures. So how do we go about this chore? How do we accomplish this comforting of Jesus?

We cannot go through our day and think, “… this is the day I will provide comfort to Jesus”. It doesn’t happen that way. We begin to understand when we realize that whatever it is that makes us, us, that is what we bring to the table. We bring ourselves, our background, our faults, our weaknesses, and whatever else there is that is unique about us, we bring that to Him and lay it at His feet. Here I am, Lord, this is me. As we live our lives, as we treat the people we meet with kindness, concern and offer them assistance in whatever way they need, we may…just may… be meeting a person who needs our uniqueness. And something that we do, something that we say, or the manner in which we act, something touches them. For you see, our uniqueness which has been formed over the years influences what we say and do, as well. Without our realizing it, our lives have been affected and been shaped as we were living them. Our unique choice of words might be exactly what they need. We won’t know until we show them our real self.

This life, then, is what God saw from all eternity. He saw all the good that this unique life could and would do while here on earth. It was not the life that imitated someone else. It was not the mannerisms of someone we would like to be. It was you and I, being ourselves. The sincerity of our actions, flowing from our uniqueness, this is what God saw from all eternity and still sees in us.

Now the last step can be taken. We don’t just practice our uniqueness with people we like. No, that doesn’t really comfort Jesus. Did He not say that it wasn’t sufficient to only love those who love us? But rather we must pray for those who persecute us. Help those who need it, regardless of what they look like, or how they annoy us. In short, every day we come into contact with people, all sorts of people. Some just pass by and move on with their lives. But there are those, who need us; people needing our time, our assistance, our prayers, our insights, or our uniqueness. Maybe they look at us and wish to speak, but we discourage them by returning a sour look, a missed opportunity? Maybe someone asks us for assistance, but we beg off, by saying that we are late for an appointment, or mumble some other excuse, another opportunity gone by the wayside. These may be the very people who we are meant to help, but we will never know since we paid them such little attention. He said, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Me”. And what are we willing to do?

It is not easy to be a follower of Jesus. He wants us to be in step with Him continuously. He asks us to help Him bring people to the Father. He dies for us to show us the depths of His love for us. In return, He only asks us to bring that love, that concern to others. Some of them are looking for you right now. They don’t know who you are, just as you don’t know who they are. But if you look with kindness, and Christian love on all that you meet, then that one special person will surprise you some day and tell you the most wonderful thing. “You have helped me so much; it was like we were meant to meet.” Be the one!

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