Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Dog and I

I was preparing some food and the dog keep on following me in the kitchen up to the dining table. The dog looks up intently with its eyes begging for some food. I got irritated at some point but my heart pointed me to something about this situation. It tells me “You see how pitiful the sight of a begging dog, what if you were a dog?”

Two things came into my mind.

First, when it comes to love, we are not comfortable at the sight of someone begging for it. We want it reciprocated, or at the very least, we want someone’s effort to be honored and respected. Love is not begged because it is freely given. That is why unrequited love is most painful.

Second, if I am a dog begging for crumbs from the Lord, the Lord will look at me and offer me not just crumbs but a feast! He will tell me, “Come stop thinking that you are a dog, you are my beloved whom I want to be with. Stop begging because even before you ask, I am already offering.”  

by aats 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

You Can't

You can’t demand obedience, you earn it. You might be able to make a subordinate work but without giving him higher reason other than obedience, you will not get the desired result. He will end up unhappy, unmotivated and passionless.

There is no joy in demanded obedience. If a person is doing his work for the sake of obedience, he can still fulfill what is required but it does not make him grow as a person. What is work if it does not bring the human person to his highest potential and bring him happiness?

Without joy, service fall short of its purpose, because service should bring joy and fulfillment.

by aats 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Christian Ideal

G.K. Chesterton once said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”

Once we start seriously considering the words of Jesus, slowly the demands of Christianity become clear and even scary at times. We love its message of love and compassion and yet when the demands of it arise, we shrink. We find it difficult to put in practice. We find ourselves cowards when challenged!

The beauty of Christianity is that, it does not look down human weakness instead it encourage, challenge and push humanity to try the ideal.

by aats

Thursday, August 18, 2016

After All

Is life just about earning money? Is it just about chasing our dreams? What makes us happy? What fulfills us?

We are meant to live a life of joy. We are Easter people! We experience this joy fully when we attribute all that we are and we have to God. What makes us happy and fulfilled in the end is God.

We didn’t fail to know it in fact we know it fully well. We just don’t want to accept it out of pride. This is the truth that we see but refuses to recognize.

After all the chasing and earning, there He is in the end, the true source of joy and fulfillment.

by aats

Friday, August 12, 2016

Wheat From Chaff

Someone told me once not to read a certain book because the author he said support some “uncatholic” stand. Well it might be true, but I think we cannot fully discount some truths in some of his books. To gain wisdom is to read and listen even to what we think is stupid. Some of the things we believe in can even be validated by it.

The message is truthful even if the messenger is not. The problem comes when we brush off a message just because we don’t believe in the messenger. The message is killed because of the bearer.

The important thing is that we know whom we are anchored. We are anchored in Christ and the truth that His church teaches us. Being open to read and listen even to the things we don’t like is sign of maturity of faith and confidence in God.

There is a grain of truth even in the words of a liar. We only need to discern to “separate the wheat from the chaff.” Matthew 3:12

by aats