Man Disqualifies, God Qualifies

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There’s a story of a young lady with slight speech disability applying for work at the Call Center. She was asked to use Green, Pink and Yellow in a sentence. She said; “ When the phone sounds,  “Green, Green”, I’ll Pink it up and say, “ Yellow, Yellow? ”. The interviewer said to her, “ You’re hired! ”

It is God who qualifies us to do our mission of evangelizing, to talk about Him and follow his commands. With him we can “ walk the talk”, meaning acting on what we say and live what we believe. Talk and walk must go together in our Christian  mission to evangelize. Left alone to ourselves we cannot preach and say anything about faith and religion unless we have the grace and inspiration from the Holy Spirit. Apart from God, we can do nothing. ( Jn. 15:5).    

For the Jews in Jesus’ time believed that they are the only people chosen while the pagans were unqualified and unworthy to enter God’s Kingdom. Jesus came and qualifies everyone who believes in God. He told them; “ Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” ( Mk: 1: 38).              

Many are discriminated by their looks, cultural background, belief, color, social orientation, educational attainment, economic status and other factors. Bartimaeus, the blind beggar in Jericho called out to Jesus but was scolded by people around him, telling him to keep quiet, but he shouted louder saying, “ Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me.” Jesus stopped and said to him, Go, your faith has healed you.” ( Mk. 10: 46-52). The adulterous woman was condemned by the mob, but Jesus saved and forgave her. (Jn. 8: 1-11).     

Don’t live an upside down life. Don’t have the illusion that you’re someone better or more important than others. Pride makes us believe that we are indispensable. We have different ways and principles of doing things. I have great admiration on those who work with perseverance and commitment, unfazed by set-backs and mistakes, those who avoid attention and limelight and just fade away always humbly referring to God as the author of success, saying like; “ It’s not and it was never me, but You O Lord.” Remember that we please God when we say, “ not my will but Thine be done, and I’m a sinner, have mercy Lord.”

On the flip side, someone said that when the power of love, overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. This is what the Lord says; “ “ I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.” ( 2 Kings 20:5). Everything that God allows to come our way is always with a purpose. He uses even the greatest error and deepest pain to mold us into a better person. A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant. Tough times don’t last, tough people do. Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right. Amen on that folks!!

Referring to beggars, St. Faustina wrote; “ I treat them as my Master would.” ( Diary 1282). Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily pray the Chaplet of Mercy and the holy Rosary for peace in our families and in the world.

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