by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff

Mother Teresa once made a remark that got my attention. She started out by referencing the well known chapter in the Bible from Matthew where Jesus is quoted as saying, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you did it to me.” She went on to add that before we go to bed at night, we should ask, “What did I do to Jesus today? For whatever we offered another, we offered to him.” She emphasized this point by saying these five words, as she touched the five fingers on her hand: “You-Did-It-To-Me.”

“The little you do,” she said, “you do it to help.” No matter what we do during the day, we do it in gratitude and service, like a smile, a helping hand, a kind word, thought, or act, etc.

In A Course in Miracles we read,

“When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself. Whenever two Sons of God meet, they are given another chance at salvation. Do not leave anyone without giving salvation to him and receiving it yourself. For I am always there with you, in remembrance of you.” (T-8.III.4)

We are being reminded that every encounter in life is an opportunity to give the gift of freedom or imprisonment; forgiveness or condemnation to another, to ourselves, and to our vision of Jesus. Jesus asks us, “Be you his [another person’s] friend for me, that I may be forgiven and you may look upon the Son of God as whole.” (T-20.II.4:4)

So before we go to bed at night, perhaps we could review our day and the many encounters we had (with another or ourselves) and remind ourselves as we touch our five fingers saying: I-Did-It-To-Me (My Brother & Jesus). Then see if the choices we made were ones of joining, forgiveness, and peace. If not, we can make another choice with the help of the Holy Spirit, Who is our Teacher and Guide, for “The Holy Spirit understands how to teach this [the undoing of our choices], but you do not.” (ibid)

Let us not feel guilty about the choices we have made during the day; let us be willing to recognize them and to choose another way. “He [God] does not will anyone to suffer for a wrong decision, including you. That is why He has given you the means for undoing it [through the Holy Spirit].” (ibid)

Wishing you only happy dreams!

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