May 31, 2013

My Journey to God

I am the cup

I am the cup shattered and broken
A cup that is empty and needing filling
Only the Lord God can fill me to the brim
Filled with gifts of compassion and love.
I am the cup.

I am the cup that truly needs emptying
Of judgmental and intolerant selfish traits
A cup that needs emptying of self-ego
Self-centeredness needs to be drained.
I am the cup.

Only when the cup is empty can it be filled
Filled with the God-given gifts of service
Only when I am a filled cup can I be a minister
That reaches out to the needy and the helpless.
I am the cup.

May I be that cup that is brought forth to serve
Service to the pained, brokenhearted and lonely
A cup that is repaired of cracks and blemishes
I am the cup containing the gift of altruism and love.
I am the cup.

By Thomas J. Rillo

(Thomas J. Rillo is a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington and a Benedictine oblate of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad.)

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