In 1960, Mother Teresa was invited to speak at a national women’s gathering. It would be her first venture outside the borders of Third World poverty. And the event was held in … Las Vegas.

After all her years living in the slums of Calcutta, we can only imagine how uncomfortable Mother Teresa must have felt with the opulence of Las Vegas.

But I wonder if another sense, she felt right at home. Because in Calcutta she was used to abject physical poverty, and in Las Vegas she must have sensed a spiritual poverty. I’m not saying that people in Vegas are worse than anyone else; I’m saying they’re empty. That’s what drew many of them to Vegas, the hope that there might be something there to fill the emptiness.

And there is. And it’s what we offer every week at Verve.