Wednesday of Holy Week
March 31, 2021
Every time you mention or use the word “I” or “me”, you already know and have so much. You know who you are. You have your body, mind, heart and soul developed. You know how to differentiate you from the rest of the world. But how do you use your knowledge, eyes, tongue, hands, face, heart and so on every day? Most of us have the full capacity of functioning as a human. We can talk, think, move, remember, create, imagine and feel.
Every part of our bodies are good and beautiful in the eyes of God, it depends how we use them. From Isaiah (50:4-9), he wrote, “The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear.” God gives us a beautiful tongue to speak and “to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.” And God gives us “ears that we may hear.” This image was talking about Jesus Christ who would live beautifully and fully as a human for the salvation of all people. Jesus used all things he had to connect with God and the world. Isaiah continues, “The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced.” Jesus used his heart and logic to live gratefully every moment of his life.
Unfortunately, some of us do not use God’s gifts in the right place. St. Matthew (26:14-25) wrote, “One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?’” Sometimes we use our skills, strength and knowledge to gain for our own interest only. It is very sad to hear Jesus said, “The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.”
Yesterday, I met my friend, Madi, who had a very hard time expressing herself verbally. Her parents are always beside her to care for her and to help her speak. If I could not understand her, her parents helped me. Madi was very joyful, grateful, thoughtful and connected with people around her. She used her gifts fully.
Therefore, when I hear or use the words “I” or “me”, I am called to be grateful and mindful of the gifts God has given me, which is my own SELF. I need to use them to the max capacity in order to glorify God and get closer to other people.
Question: What part(s) of your body are you ashamed or afraid of using fully for the goodness of yourself and others?