The ECHO (20 Aug 2017)
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I read a story and thought of sharing it with you.
‘A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone! Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars’ worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away! (Author unknown)’
While most of us pick and choose whom we want to relate to and who will be our friends, God is open to all, he has no favourites, and all are welcome. There are so many closed shops, so many exclusive clubs in the world. But God’s house is different, it is meant to be open for all. Enjoy free entry in His house! Everyone is welcome! We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we disregard it. We see some people as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. We forget that there is a treasure in each and every one of us. We need to take time to understand and appreciate the value of people. If we take the time to get to know a person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the gem begins to shine forth. May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them.The idea for this write up is adopted from Inspiring stories)
In this parish I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with you. Thank you for looking beyond my clay vessel. Let us learn to appreciate every single person in our lives. Let us value people more than their appearance.
Wishing you God’s best Love and prayers.
Fr Shibu Jacob
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