“Jesus, in my heart, I believe in your tender, faithful love for me. I love you.”
– St. Mother Teresa
Who is Jesus to me? This is a question Mother Teresa would ask herself. Mother Teresa discovered that Jesus loved her, and wanted a unique relationship with her.
Mother Teresa dedicated her whole life to loving Jesus. This may perhaps sound superficial, but in reality, receiving and giving love to Jesus was the motivation for how Mother sought to live her life.
To Mother Teresa, Jesus was not distant or unreal. Rather, Jesus is God and man who concretely and transcendently longs and thirsts for relationship with each person, including Mother Teresa as an individual.
Jesus died and rose for each person, and, as He said on the cross, “I thirst.”
Jesus thirsts for you and for me. He longs for all of His children to know and receive His love and love rightly. This reality transformed and led Mother Teresa’s life, and inspired her to begin the Missionaries of Charity so as to quench Jesus’ thirst in the distressing disguise of the poor.
Mother Teresa’s relationship with Jesus deeply inspires me because to Mother, Jesus is beyond what she can comprehend, but knows very confidently that Jesus is real and His passion is continually lived in the poorest among us.
Let us never forget Jesus’ love for us as individuals, and have the courage to listen to His voice and love Him through the people around us.
“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
– Jesus, Matthew 25:40