Grace to you!
A man was invited to a meeting of a big corporation. His dad passed when he was a baby and he was under the care of foster parents until he turned eighteen and went his way. He didn't feel so connected with his foster parents, having moved from one to another and then a third. He had a challenging child upbringing.
One day he received a letter inviting him to a meeting in a big corporation. He didn’t apply for a job in the company, nor did he know anybody working there. First he thought he wouldn't go, but at the last minute jumped in his rickety car and went.
At the reception, he looked like an odd man out, wearing jeans he hadn't washed in months. His appearance didn't fit, yet he was ushered to the conference room where five prestigiously dressed board members were seated waiting for his arrival.
“Welcome Sam, “ they said with the most gracious and warm handshakes. Then came the news: “You're a part owner of this company.”
It happened that his dad, whom he never knew, bought many shares from the company and he was included as his heir. He looked up and down, speechless.
Sam's experience could help in our understanding of St. Paul's Letter to the Romans, chapter eleven from verse 29 to 36. He speaks of the favor of God that came to non-Jewish believers though no one deserves it.
For the chosen people, who hadn’t accepted the invitation or chose not to accept it, Saint Paul says their disobedience opened the door for others as well. God knows how to make good come out of any situation. Romans 8:28 reminds me that with God all things work unto good for those who believe and trust.
God has things figured out. Paul’s exhortation encourages us to pray and hope that our obedience could inspire unbelievers.
In all, the mercy of God is deeper than we think. His mercy patiently waits even when we live like an orphan without hope.
Many times, divine invitation surprises us. It is like Sam’s surprise meeting for a life-changing inheritance. God surprises us with the grace of heavenly inheritance, which we don’t merit. We find in accepting and living this invitation, the past will become a bygone and a new experience of grace and joy is found.
I pray you find joy in your call as a favored child of God. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
[Monday Week 31 A: Rom 11:29-36; all 14:12-14]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.