A friend of mine, who was also a church worker, once told me, “I’m too busy to pray.” I was shocked to hear her say this, as I knew her to be a woman of great faith. In fact, she was an example for me of what it means to “practice your faith” in how she loved her family, devoted herself to her church work, and exemplified Christ-like love in all of her interactions with others.
She was a disciple of Christ! She didn’t sit down to say “prayers” every day, but her life was an expression for others of her love of Jesus.
Mary died seven years ago, after a brave and hard-fought battle with cancer. Her obituary described her passion and faith beautifully: “Throughout her life, Mary's strong faith was an example to many of how to act with love, kindness, mercy and justice while walking humbly with God. She worked tirelessly but with great joy to lead people of all ages to know Jesus; to help them deepen their faith and to build His Kingdom as individuals, couples, families, parishes, and communities.”
What a wonderful description.
Do you walk humbly with God? This phrase is taken from a wonderful Scripture quote in the Book of Micah, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Mary epitomized this Scripture quote for me. She was a humble servant of God, even though she though she didn’t have time to pray. I'm sure you know someone like Mary in your life. If not, I would strongly encourage you to find someone who lives their faith in such a visible way that they can be role model of faith for you. We all need role models in faith.
If we walk humbly with God, we recognize that God’s plan may not be our plan for ourselves, but we trust.
If we walk humbly with God, we hold on to hope regardless of what is happening to us, knowing God loves us.
If we walk humbly with God, like Mary did, our lives can be an example for others of God’s great love for his people.
If we walk humbly with God, we have faith!
Mary’s life was cut short by cancer, but she never lost her faith.
Let us keep the faith, knowing that God has a plan for each of us and it is going to be great!
God bless you all!
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.” — Flavia Weedn
Mark Nuehring is director of faith formation at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester. "From the Pulpit" runs on the Saturday faith pages and features reflections from area religious leaders. To contribute, contact Life Editor Meredith Williams at 701-429-1749 or email@example.com.