How can a description of Mother Teresa's life in relation to Jesus be constructed?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One immediate connection that can be seen in Mother Teresa's life that parallels the life of Christ would be the "calling" that she experiences.  In 1942, she offers a private vow not to deny anything that the Lord demands.  This pledge is reminiscent of how Jesus understood his own calling.  Both figures are bound by something transcendent in a world of temporality.  Another way in which Mother Teresa's life can be constructed in a manner similar to Jesus' would be how she understands this calling to consist of residing amongst the poorest of the world.  When she writes that she understood the calling as one in which she was to "come carry me into the holes of the poor.Come be My light,” it is reflective of how Jesus spent his time dwelling amongst the poorest of society, preaching and speaking about God's power to them.  Both figures did not see themselves as connecting their mission to the wealthiest of society or the individuals who were at the top of social progress.  Rather, they committed themselves to the outcasts of society in doing God's work.  Mother Teresa felt this compulsion coming from Jesus himself, reflecting how her life could be constructed in a similar manner as Christ himself.  Finally, when Mother Teresa writes to Archbishop Perier that “[God] will do all . I am only a little instrument in His hands," it is stark reminder of how similar the trajectory of Mother Teresa's life is to the life of Jesus.  Both figures willingly submit their own individual identity, seeing themselves as "instruments" the divine.  In this, one can make some clear points that the construction of Mother Teresa's life bears some similarity to the life of Christ himself.

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