Did you ever wonder why we have five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot? Wouldn’t it be more useful to have eight or nine fingers or toes? That would give us a better grip and more stability.
Do you think God gave us the number of fingers and toes by accident or mere coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidence. Do you? Jesus has told us that every hair on our head is counted. Therefore, God may have had a special meaning in the number “Five.” How many major wounds did Christ have on the cross? Five. How many decades are in the Rosary? Five. How many words were spoken by Mary at the wedding feast at Cana? Five. “Do whatever he tells you.” These words were intended for us as much as for the waiters at the wedding. These are among the few words she has spoken that were passed down to us. Yet surely she has told us everything we need to know.
What did Jesus tell us? Again, five words: “You did it to me.” He has also told us,” Love your neighbor as yourself.” In truth, it takes only five words to summarize the entire New Testament and explain all of history and all of creation: “Jesus, I trust in you.”
Recall that in the Old Testament, the Israelites were told by the Lord to wear tassels on their garments so that when they looked at the tassels they would be reminded of the commandments of the Lord. So it is that, perhaps, God has given us the number of fingers on each hand and toes on each foot so that when we look at them we will remember the five words spoken by Mary, the great mother of God, at the wedding feast at Cana and the five words spoken by Jesus, the five wounds of Christ on the cross and the five decades of the Rosary.
So whenever you look in your fingers or toes, like the Israelites of old who were reminded of the Commandments of the Lord when they looked at the tassels on their garments, remember each of the five things mentioned above.
Inspired by Mother Teresa.
The author was a lawyer for many years. He saw many people overcome immense problems to achieve nearly out of reach goals. Along the way he witnessed that more things are accomplished by prayer than this world dreams of. He hopes these stories of hope, courage, recovery and redemption will serve as an inspiration to all who read them.