The Gospels in five words

About 20 years ago … no, wait, more like 30 years ago, a friend gave me a cassette tape of a Christian preacher. I had about a 45 minute commute to work then so I had plenty of time to listen to it.
On the tape the preacher talked about the time he got to hear Mother Teresa speak. There were thousands in the hall and he said you could barely see the little woman at the podium. But when she said she could sum up the Gospels in just five words and extended her hand into the air, everyone was able to make out her familiar blue sweater.
She raised one finger at a time as she counted out each of the five words:
It was a paraphrase of Matthew 25 which, depending upon the version of the Bible you use, says, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”
Not only a summary of the Gospels, these words are a summary of Mother Teresa’s life. Often called the “saint of the gutters,” she spent her lifetime caring for the poor of Calcutta.
And now she is a saint, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
How blessed we all are to have lived during her time.

Ed Ackerman