Do you get the Magnifcat? If so, please read the reflection on the Gospel. If you don't, here is what you're missing. Today's reflection was given by Servant of God Catherine deHueck Doherty, Foundress of Madonna's House. Sorry if it's full of my usual typos.
I was growing up in Russia, my father was a diplomat. One time he
and my mother gave a big,fancy tea party at our home for several hundred
ambassadors and dignitaries. We were in the middle of having a formal
tea,with everyone using nice china and so forth. I was about nine years
old and carrying little cakes and being polite. Suddenly, the butler
opened the door and announced to my father, 'Christ is at the door.'
Well, the French ambassador's wife dropped her expensive tea cup on the
rug. She was not used to such interruptions!
excused himself, mother excused herself and off they went. And whom
did they welcome? A hobo who had come to the door begging. And
what did they do? My mother and father served him themselves, even though
we had fourteen servants in the house. My mother laid out the best linen,
the most expensive silver and the best china and so forth, and she served a
hobo. My father did likewise. I saw all of this and I wanted to
serve the hobo too, but Mother said, 'Oh no. You were not obedient this
week; you cannot serve Christ unless you are obedient." So in my
little mind, to serve the poor was a great honor and a great joy.
that's Christianity. You don't have to have catechism lessons when you
see that sort of thing. That was how my parents treated the poor, so that
was what my brother and I learned from growing up in that kind of a household,
thanks be to God.
course, I was like any other kid too. I would say, 'Well, do we live in a
monastery or something like that?' My parents would say, 'No. We
live in a family, of which Christ is the head.' So, in the end, it all
seemed quite natural to me to serve the poor. Christ was in the poor and
we must serve HIM."