Friday, October 14, 2016

Are you using your God-given gifts and talents for the right purpose? - Daily Reflections October 14, 2016

Some years ago, a national politician became the laughing stock on social media for mishandling a hammer and pretending to be working hard. He did not know how to handle the simple tool. It was an elementary rule in basic woodworking. A tool is an instrument of the worker. Any carpenter would know that a screw driver is used to drive in a screw and a hammer is used to drive in a nail. The human worker would do well to respect the purpose for which they were made.
      Years ago, someone I knew could not close the baggage compartment of his car. The hook was not aligned with the latch. While the hook was fixed, the latch was movable. So he looked for some tool and found a screw driver. What he did was a good example of not respecting the purpose for which things were made. He hammered the latch using the screw driver’s head, instead of loosening the screws with the screw driver and adjusting the latch to align with the hook.
         God knows how many times I have disrespected the purposes for which some things were made. This is what sin is basically — a kind of “missing the mark,” or misusing what God has given us as tools for something nobler.
       God gave us the human mind to pursue truth, particularly saving truth. The human will was placed by the same God so that we could propel ourselves to pursue the good, and find “accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of His will.” These two — intellect and will — ordinarily should work in tandem and not at cross purposes with each other. But you and I know from experience that, at times, we cheat. Like the Pharisees, we claim to know the good but still do the opposite. We act like the hypocrites condemned by the Lord in today’s passage.
       We are chosen. We are destined — in love. “Blessed be the people the Lord has chosen to be His own.” Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB
REFLECTION QUESTION: Are you using your God-given gifts and talents for the right purpose?
Dearest God, grant me the wisdom to know how to use the gifts and talents You have given me for the right purpose. Amen.

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