Thursday, November 20, 2008

Living and Sharing

The Gospel last Sunday was really nice. It’s all about a story of 3 servants who were given equal talents by their Master before he takes off. When he came back, 2 servants had doubled the talents the Master had given while the last one just gave the Master back the original talent. Out of fear, he just buried it while the other two had generously shared it to others and doubled in return. It was really fascinating parable.

I always believed we are all created uniquely to function in this world. We all have to participate in the celebration called Life. Our days will be measured on what we built, what we have given and not on what we got.

As what Thomas Merton said on his book “Choosing to Love the World”:
Only when we see ourselves in our true human context, as members of a race which is intended to be one organism and "one body," will we begin to understand the positive importance not only of the successes but of the failures and accidents in our lives. My successes are not my own. The way to them was prepared by others. The fruit of my labors is not my own: for I am preparing the way for the achievements of another. Nor are my failures my own. They may spring from the failure of another, but they are also compensated for by another's achievement. Therefore the meaning of my life is not to be looked for merely in the sum total of my achievements. It is seen only in the complete integration of my achievements and failures with the achievements and failures of my own generation, and society, and time. It is seen, above all, in my own integration in Christ.

5 Grateful Heart's Words:

BK said...

Just to share one of my favorite quotation, "The ability to share and to give yield greater pleasure than to receive."

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

An inspired post coming from an inspired blogger. Yes, this Gospel message is as true now as it was 2,000 years ago. I love the wallpaper background. It's very refreshing. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

Shinade said...

So beautiful and so true. This is also one of my favorite parables. I also have found that the the ten fold is true.

If you give freely in faith to anyone, without expecting anything in return, somewhere down the line you will receive what you gave back in ten fold.

God bless you and your wonderful husband!!

Shawie said...

thanks, BK, Jackie & Mel for dropping by and sharing some wisdom:)

Nortehanon said...

"Our days will be measured on what we built, what we have given and not on what we got."--- If only a lot of people will realize this, then the world will not be a hurried place. In today's world, a we are so blinded by their goals to acquire more material things that sometimes we forget that the very things that make us happy are just the simple, basic things we have around and the simple moments we shared with the people we love.