I have a “sense of the academic” that leads to Mother Teresa.
One of my best teachers is Doug Meeks. Doug was my Doctor of Minister professor at Eden Theological Seminary in the 80’s. For you wise-people-chirpers that’s 1980’s and not 1880’s!
The Mother Teresa quote comes up with two prefacing terms, each of which Doug gave significant depth:
Image and righteousness.
Stick with me and then re-read the Mother Teresa quote, please, if you will.
In Genesis it says we are made “in God’s image.” Doug made it clear and I adopt same: to be made in God’s image means we are “to represent God”.
Righteousness is often seen as synonym for arrogance or self-righteous.
Nope. Righteousness, again from Doug Meeks, means “the power to life.”
Both those merge, are conjoined in what Mother Teresa offers about the manner by which we live.
Now. I won’t share this with my doctors this morning. But, I will hope, no matter next step with heart blockages, I’ll give a prayer of thanks to Doug Meeks…and to God. And beckon with hope, I have the energy to not amputate the Gospel [that comes from Bill Coffin!].
For life in this day…for you and me…is more than taking breath. Much more.