On March 15th a 72-year-old Italian priest, Fr. Giuseppe Berardelli who had contracted the Covid-19 virus gave his ventilator away to save the life of a younger person. The device had been bought for him by his parishioners. There could be no funeral but people stood on their balconies to applaud Fr Giuseppe’s ultimate sacrifice.
The young man whose life was saved by Fr Giuseppe will never be able to repay the priest’s sacrifice. He will wake every morning knowing that he lives because Giuseppe died. He will live differently as a result. His gratitude will never end.
I take time now to give thanks to Jesus for dying in my place and pledge my life afresh to his service.
From today’s Lectio365 from 24/7 Prayer.