The Gospel today is a very spot-on reminder for me. It is taken from John 6:60-69. The highlight of this Gospel is verse 68-69.
68 Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life, 69 and we believe; we have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.’
The priest started his homily by giving a story – an unusual story that we can get something from. He began.
“There was a preacher who rode in a train and handing over pamphlets to the passengers. One passenger who received the reading material wasn’t pleased about it and tore it into pieces. He threw the torn pamphlets off the train saying it’s useless.
“However, the twist of the story is that, one person, who happened to walk nearby the train railway found one of the pieces of the pamphlets. A piece of paper that contained the ultimate message of the preacher. It said, “I am the bread of life.”
“As non-Christian, he didn’t know what those words mean, but he’s curious about. So, he went to some people in town and asked them about the words in that sheet of paper. They recognized that it was from the Bible (of the Catholics), but warned him not to investigated it further.
“All the more he became curious and asked them where he can find the Bible. He rushed and bought a bible, read it from the start until he read the passage in John 6:35. He studied the Bible intently and became a convert, who soon became a preacher.”
The passenger and the one who has picked up the torn piece of paper made choices. The former chose to despise the Gospel, while the latter chose to become curious about it.
When we are open-minded, we may soon find something good from our decisions. However, decision making is a tough skill to master, especially when it involves discernment (choosing between two good things). Hence, we need the guidance of the Lord through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.
With just one decision, we can build a city or crumble a tower in an instant. Therefore, it’s very important to think things through when making a tough decision.
Pray everyday, because each day we make decisions. Pray that you can make the right choices and pray that you’ll choose the path to righteousness which will bring glory to the Lord. Always allow God to be with you in your decisions. You’ll definitely enjoy life, because you’ll always choose the best for you – to give to God all the glory.