Having the Best

Typical of parents is that they will always want what is best for their children. Hence, one of the biggest frustrations is when the children do not do what is supposed to be good for them. The biggest frustration is when children do not listen to their parents and they go astray.

Somewhat similar to this was the frustration of Jesus, because people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum did not listen, did not change their ways, and took no effort for conversion. All he wanted was for them to listen to him so that they could have better lives. 

Hence, for us to have better lives, three things we should always do according to the many teachings of Jesus:

  1. First, he said do not worry. As human beings it is very important is for us to plan, but when so many things happen to us that we are not in control, we worry. Just look at the number of people dealing with fear, worry, anxiety and depression. Jesus reminds us that God knows what we are going through and he will never abandon us. “Even the hair on your hear are counted.” He has a plan in all of this and good will always prevail.
  2. Second, he said be a blessing. Whatever you do to the least of your brethren, you do unto me. When we bless other people’s lives, it is not only for this generation. When we bless other people’s lives, we make the world a better place to live and we prepare ourselves for what is most important – eternal life. 
  3. Third, forgiveness. Relationships will never be perfect. Hence the command to forgive not only seven times but seventy seven times.  Happiest people are those who forgive because relationships are the key to happiness. 

In today’s Mass, may we realize that life is full of surprises – some pleasant, some difficult. When we experience the difficult surprises, we can relate  with the words of Christ on the Cross – “My God, My God why have you abandoned me?” These words were taken from Psalm 22. Initially it was a lamentation but eventually it became a psalm of praise because God is faithful. Hence we continue to trust God, be a blessing and forgive.

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