Someone shared with me the story about a woman’s love-life episode who married a rich man, an actor, a preacher and a funeral director. When asked about her motive for doing so, she simply said: “One for the money, second for the show, third to get ready, and fourth to go.”
Jonah was a prophet called by God to preach repentance to Nineveh, but attempted to run away from this mission aware that it is a sinful city with wicked inhabitants and a traditional enemy of Israel. He took a ship to Tarshish, but during a violent storm he was thrown over board, swallowed by a large fish which vomited him out right on the shore of Nineveh.
He preached to the people, and to his big surprise, everybody, from the king to the lowest subject turned away from their sins and humbled themselves in sackcloth and ashes.
Jesus called the first disciples; Simon, Andrew, James and John to follow him for he’ll make them fishers of men. With no understanding at all, whatever that meant, they followed him all throughout.
What’s mind-boggling was the fact that they left everything, abandoned even their father in the case of brothers James and John, and followed Jesus without question or -condition.
Out of Jonah’s stubbornness to follow God and the fishermen’s ignorance about Jesus’ call, God devised his plan to save his people and the world from doom. We have a wise God and Master who puts us to work and utilizes us for his own purpose.
It is when we realize that we are servants and recognize that we have God as our Master whom we must serve and worship then pride dissipates into humility.
It is when we realize that we are servants and recognize that we have God as our Master whom we must serve and worship then pride dissipates into humility. “A humble person is pleasing to God than a giver of gifts” (Sirach 3:17).
An act of abandoning our “fishing trade” for the sake of Jesus’ “fishing mission” must be our understanding of true discipleship. His call for us to abandon something in his favor is an ongoing call and must be our constant goal.
What would you abandon that will make you closer to God and away from sin? Only you can tell and only God can give you the courage to do it.
If you are entangled with the desire to think of yourself better than others or make your agenda ahead of the Lord’s, now it is time to shift gear and reform before it becomes a monster inside of you.
On the flip side, someone said that hands that serve are holier than lips that pray. Mother Teresa said that a life not lived for others is not a life. I remember Pope Francis saying that to change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us.
One good saint said that it is not enough to love. People have to feel that they are loved. You must remember that life is not about you. You exist for God’s purpose not the other way around.
I heard someone say that when a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. How well said that a little mercy makes the world less cold and more just. Amen on that folks!
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Join us at San Vicente Church, Barrigada to welcome our Lady of Fatima on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thank you!