The Greatest – Good News for March 18

18 03 2009

She intuitively obeys God’s law and teaches her children…

Matthew 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

The Daily Path: Jesus asks us to “obey and teach” God’s law.

When I was suddenly called back to Christ, it was a bit of a shock to my wife. She had no background in any faith while growing up. Her only exposure to Catholicism had been as a student at St. Mary’s College. To her credit she wanted to learn about the Catholic faith and see what my re-conversion was all about. 

For the better part of the past year Anne has been in the “inquiry phase” of RCIA at our parish. For those of you unfamiliar with the Catholic Church, RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. In a nutshell, it’s a weekly Catechism class with insights to the Catholic faith, church rituals and way of life. The inquiry phase provides anyone interested in becoming a Catholic the opportunity to participate in RCIA, and by doing so, learn more. Despite the fact that Tuesday night is the most impacted night of the week for Anne, she faithfully attends the weekly meetings. 

I bring this up because in her I see a living example of Christ’s teaching in today’s Gospel. Here is a woman who isn’t Catholic. Until recently she had no real faith experience. She has a million other things to do in her hectic life but attends RCIA every week, drives the kids to faith formation classes, gets out of bed each Sunday to attend Mass with her family, and every night says bedtime prayers with the kids, leading them in what we call “God Blesses” (asking God to bless all the members of our family by name)… even our 2-year old who is eagerly sounding out words and building her vocabulary. 

I marvel at this amazing woman who I love deeply. A woman who in so many ways lives a life more faithful to Christ’s teachings than I do. She intuitively obeys God’s law and teaches her children and husband by example. I think she’ll ultimately be called among the “greatest” in His Kingdom.

Room to Chat: If you have a second today, please ask God to take care of His most faithful teacher and the precious cargo she carries. Friday is baby delivery day!