We are the storytellers

Our story — where do we begin? We all have stories to share, whether young or old. We have a beginning, maybe a middle depending on our age, and continue to live our story until our dying day. We have fond as well as sad memories and some we would love to eradicate from our mental database. Yet it is the very story of our lives that continues to shape and lead us. 

In this upcoming weekend’s readings, we begin with Deuteronomy, taken from chapter four, Moses is telling the people to ask about the past. He is encouraging them to learn as much as they can, and to go to great lengths to gather that information, leaving no stone unturned in their search. They are even given a very direct line of questioning to use: “Did anything so great ever happen before? Was it ever heard of? Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live?”

Moses is instructing them to share their story, to spread the Word of God’s great deeds and what He has done for them. Keeping the history of our creation and God’s love for us alive in their hearts and spoken from their lips, insuring that future generations prosper, knowing that God has always been at our sides, has always watched over us, and will continue to do so until the end of times. 

Each and every one of us is a storyteller; we relate the past, collect vital pieces of information, and keep it safe for future generations. Many of us have drawers brimming with photographs, diaries and mementos we refuse to part with, giving us simple reminders of what we do not wish to forget, and what we need to pass on. 

Our roles are to share what God has done in our lives, and continues to do. We are the historians of our lifetimes, ensuring that our children and grandchildren come to know God. A God that we can call Abba, Father, Who asks us to follow Him, to keep His Sacred statues and Commandments, and in doing so, granting us so much in return. 

Since the beginning of time, God has been a major part of our lives. He does not simply appear only as a heroic figure, pulling us out of trouble, but as Someone Who loves and cares for us, giving us the space we need. And like any parent, letting us learn, watching us take our first steps, making our mistakes, and gently guiding us as we go along. 

Jesus is the revelation of God to us, taking on the human form, so that we could fully understand all that God wants for us. With Jesus, God invites us to be a part of the redemption story, taking on the task of leading others to Him. But we take on this role, not as simple workers, but as beloved children, who desire to please their Father. It is through the Holy Spirit that we understand and recognize that we are loved and that God is truly our Heavenly Father. 

This brings us to the Trinity, and a better understanding of it, not as some unfathomable notion or idea, but as it relates to us. Through the Trinity, God is revealed as part of our past, the loving God Who walks with us today and every day, and Who joins us to others in order to see ourselves as a continual story, bringing others to the Salvation that is promised for all. 

In the Gospel, as Jesus baptized His disciples and sent them on their way instructing them to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you” (Mt 28:16-20). He reminded them that they would not be alone in their journey; “And behold, I am with you always.” We, too, have been baptized, and we, too, are to go out and make disciples, and to continue to write a story that is constantly unfolding, bringing God’s love to all we encounter. Like the very popular children’s book “A Never-Ending Story,” we, too, are major contributors to the ever changing storyline. 

How will we continue to be storytellers? How will we allow that Trinity to be alive in us, recognizing that it is not just about how God fits into our lives, but how we are a major part of His! Going forth, sharing the stories of the Gospel, and letting others recognize God’s love, not only by the words we speak, but how the Spirit shines from within. When we live our lives aligned with God’s love and mercy, it shows, and others want to share in that experience. Let others hear of all God has done for us, for you, and let His Spirit take care of the rest, knowing that we never walk alone. 

Anchor columnist Rose Mary Saraiva lives in Fall River and is a parishioner of St. Michael’s Parish, and she is the Events Coordinator and Bereavement Ministry for the diocesan Office of Faith Formation. She is married with three children and two grandchildren. rsaraiva@dfrcs.com

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