THE PERSON WHO IS SENT
- We are called into the FULLNESS of life here on earth. Jesus says: “I have come that you may have life and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10)
- The Call of the Twelve – Matthew 10:1-8. Memorandum. The vision Jesus has of me is so very different to the vision I have of myself, of others. I need to beg for the grace of healing in this regard that I may see as Jesus sees.
- YOU are called. You are loved so that you may become good. Romans 5:8. You, like the Twelve are SENT to bring the Good News of God’s unconditional and prodigal love, in other words, to EVANGELISE.
- Each of us is a Message. John Powell S.J.
- Be grounded in God’s love for you. Discover the foundation and the expression of this love in the inspired Word of God, the Scriptures. If I am going to bring this Good News to others, I must be in a constant encounter of this love that God has for me. I cannot give what I have not got!
- Scripture references in support of this truth:
- Genesis 1:31 – God saw it was VERY good.
- Isaiah 43:1-4 – you are precious, of great value, deeply loved and honoured.
- Ephesians 2:10 – YOU are God’s work of art!
- Mark 1:11 – The Transfiguration. He is the BELOVED not for any achievement but purely because He is the Beloved Son. We are loved fort who we are, not for what we do or achieve.
- Our dignity is God-given and not because of anything we have done – we are loved for WHO we are.
- Founder of the Oblates – St Eugene – Lenten Instruction to the Poor.
- You are a GIFTED person. That is a fact and there is no need to have to prove anything. Jesus was a gifted, blessed and anointed person and He said: “whoever believes in me will perform the same works I do myself, he will perform even greater works. John 14:12. The Holy Spirit who brooded over the waters in Genesis; who overshadowed Mary at the Incarnation; who made his/her presence felt at Pentecost – is the SAME Holy Spirit who continues to be “generously poured over us.” (Titus 3:6). This is but an extension of the truth expressed in 1 Corinthians 6:19: “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.” And indeed, “you are a holy nation, a people set apart….” (1 Peter 2:9). Jesus said “Let your light shine (Matthew 5:16) – that means you have the light, you have the GIFT. If I deny the GIFT I am then I am denying the presence (the spark) of God within me. Be careful not to confuse humility with stupidity. Humility is acknowledging my giftedness as being God’s gift to me. Mary’s Magnificat: “He who is mighty has done great things through me …”
- Fall in love with yourself. In mark 12:30-31 Jesus tells us to love our neighbour as we love our selves. I fear that if we take that seriously then our neighbour is going to be in trouble! Why? Because all too often we do not love ourselves.
- If you are still struggling to believe that you are a richly gifted person, that you are precious and special and that God is sending you and using you to build His Kingdom, be consoled because GOD CAN USE CRACKED POTS.
- Conclusion – I believe the greatest tragedy ……
I believe the greatest tragedy in life is not death. I think we have taken so much punishment as South Africans; we are definitely going to a higher place when we die! The greatest tragedy in life is when we die while we are still alive. There are far too many people who are dead but are only going to be buried in thirty years.
The number one reason why people die inside is that we severely underestimate our own abilities. We believe all the lies that have been told about ourselves by others during our lifetimes. We have become bitter not better.
We become what we believe. If we believe we are not destined for greatness, then we will die mediocre. If we truly believe in the call to greatness – to sanctity, to holiness – and are prepared to pay the price of making that dream come true, we will become the “saints” that our God has destined us to be. Let us make this the prayer of our hearts: “Lord, help me to become the person you have destined me to be.”
In the face of so much criticism and adversity, believe in yourself. No matter what anyone says about you, or does to you, you are indeed a precious, special and unique light to others.
You become the image you have of yourself, so treat yourself to a marvellous self-image. Believe that you were meant to do great things. Your Creator believes that about you, otherwise you would not be here.
The most fundamental discovery of the past century is that we eventually become the image we have of ourselves. Most of us unfortunately do not see ourselves as destined for greatness – we see ourselves as ordinary, average (as close to the top as to the bottom), or even inferior to others.
Listen to what Nelson Mandela said at his inauguration:
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone.”
My please to you, no matter who you are, and no matter where you come from, believe in your personal greatness. No matter what you have felt about yourself until now, decide to be your own hero or heroine. Go home, stand in front of your mirror and say to yourself: “You are magnificent. I am proud to live with you.”
You are a Child of God …
… created in love
… redeemed in love
… sustained in love
… destined for love
now … and to eternity.
TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph
Woodcrafter Carpenter Shop
FROM: Jordan Management Committee
Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for management positions in your new organisation. All of them have now taken our battery of tests; we have not only run the results through our computer, but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.
It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability.
Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.
One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. All the other profiles are self-explanatory.
We wish you every success in your new venture.
Jordan Management Consultants.
EACH OF US IS A MESSAGE…….
There is an old Judeo-Christian
tradition that God sends each person into
the world with a special message to deliver,
with a special song to sing,
with a special act of love to bestow.
No one else can speak my message,
or sing my song,
or bestow my act of love.
There have been entrusted only to me.
According to this tradition, the message may be spoken, the song sung,
the act of love delivered
only to a few, or to all the folk in a small village
or to all the people in a large city,
or to everyone all over the world.
Everything depends on God’s unique plan for each unique person.
I believe that each of us is a unique and unrepeatable CREATION.
There are no carbon copies.
We are all “originals” from the mind and heart of God.
John Powell S.J.
THE CRACKED POT
GOD CAN USE CRACKED POTS
A water-bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house. The cracked pot, however, arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the water-bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologise to you.”
“Why?” asked the bearer, “what are you ashamed of?”
I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts”, the pot said.
The water-bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said: “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”
Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologised for its failure.
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That is because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have had this beauty to grace his house.”
Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father’s table. In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste. So as we seek ways to minister together, and as God calls you to the tasks he has appointed for you, don’t be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and allow Him to take advantage of them. And you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway.
– Author Unknown
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
St Eugene’s Lenten Instruction to the Poor
Our divine Saviour considered the poor so important that he took it upon himself to personally instruct them. The proof he offered to show that his mission was divine was the fact that the poor were being instructed: Pauperes evangelizantur.
Now, since knowledge of the truth that he came to bring to mankind is necessary to attain everlasting life and be saved, it follows that it must be accessible to everyone…..
So, let us put the world to the test. It will react in accord with the laws of prejudiced men, in accord with the foolish code that is the rule of their life and the yardstick by which they judge others.
Artisans, who are you in the eyes of the world? A class of people destined to toil laboriously all your lives in some obscure occupation that makes you dependent and subjects you to the whims of those from whom you must beg employment.
Servants, what are you in the eyes of the world? A class of slaves to those who pay you; exposed to the contempt, injustice and often even to the abusive treatment of demanding and barbarous masters – masters who believe that they have bought the right to treat you unjustly for the pittance they pay you.
And what about you, farmers and peasants, what are you in the eyes of the world? However useful your labours, you are judged only by the strength of your arms, and if, indeed, with distaste they take your sweat into account, it is only appreciated in so far as it makes the earth bountiful be watering it.
What about you, the poor and the needy, who are obliged by human injustice or the harshness of fate to beg for your pitiful subsistence, to make a nuisance of yourself pleading for the bread you need to stay alive? The world considers you the scum of society. It cannot bear to look at you, so it turns its back, lest it be moved to pity by your condition which it has no intention of changing.
That is what the world thinks. That is what you are in its eyes…. And what can you expect from such a master? Insults and contempt – that is the reward the world gives you. And it will never give you anything better …
Come now, and learn from us what you are in the eyes of faith.
You, the poor of Jesus Christ, the afflicted and the wretched, the sick and suffering, those of you covered with sores – all of you whom misery overwhelms, my brethren, my dear brethren, my respectable brethren, listen to me.
You are the children of God, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, the co-heirs of his eternal Kingdom, the cherished portion of his inheritance; you are, in the words of Saint Peter, the holy nation, you are kings, you are priests, you are, yes, in a certain way, gods …
So, lift up your heads! Let your dejected spirit rise! Stop grovelling on the ground and raise yourselves toward heaven where you were meant to attain what should be your most normal relationship … For once, let your eyes look inward and see through the rags you wear. There, within you, is an immortal soul, created to the image of God whom it is destined one day to possess – a soul redeemed at the cost of the blood of Jesus Christ, more precious before God than all the riches of the world, than all the kingdoms of the earth, a soul about which he is more concerned than about all the governments of the entire world … Therefore, o Christians, recognise your dignity …