In Mother Teresa’s book In the Heart of the World, she writes about God’s calling on her and her fellow Missionaries of Charity. She says that God calls them to be contemplative by: “Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, everywhere, all the time, and seeking God’s hand in every happening. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor” (page 33).
To Mother Teresa, the desire to seek and find God in everything connects with being a missionary. It’s how she lived out her faith, and it is probably why so many people see her as an inspiration. She appeared to embody the humility Jesus references in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the poor… meek… merciful…” (Matthew 5:3-10).
Mother Teresa motivates people to live more like Christ, yet she is no different than any other person. This is good news. If she were some sort of super-human, then none of us would stand a chance of successfully following her advice. Instead, as a flawed fellow human, we can be hopeful of actually being able to do what she did. She sought the face of God in everything.
God didn’t call us without factoring in our gifts and limitations. If we don’t feel like we embody the light of Christ as much as Mother Teresa, that’s on us, not God. We can look for God’s hand in the world. We can seek God’s reflection in everything around us. When we stop looking, that doesn’t mean God’s face is gone. It means we stopped looking. When we realize that we stopped, we can start looking again.
Each day we have a choice. We can enter the day and let the world distract us from our faith. Or, we can look for God. Choosing the latter is richer and more fulfilling.