The WORD in other words (2022) by Fr Franlou Bardon SVD – University of San Carlos Cebu
Thursday 10th Week in Ordinary Time
Many times we have been told to dream big. Well, dreaming big to a certain extent may bring positivity in ourselves. It may also help us focus on accomplishing our goals despite many challenges encountered along the way.
However, dreaming big must not obscure our view from the genesis of great blessings in life. Huge favors of the Lord indeed come from small beginnings.
Take, for example, the experience of Obadiah in the first reading for today (Year 2). He hardly saw what the prophet Elijah had told him about the coming of heavy rain, the answer to the Israelites’ prayer after a long drought because he was expecting something huge to appear right away before him. So Elijah re-oriented his servant’s focus on “a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then “the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling….”
The same exhortation is echoed by Jesus in the Gospel today. This time Jesus emphasizes not on the blessing but on the doom that may fall upon us when we fail to address the conflict at its onset. We do not wait for the problem with our opponent to aggravate before having it settled. Small things in life should neither be overlooked nor neglected.
Still, we may easily fail to spot the genesis of either our blessing or doom when our heart is obscured with anger, unbelief, and all other reasons that separate us from God. That is precisely the reason for Jesus coming: to liberate us from our myopic and even blind view of God’s love.
Hopefully, we may be one with the beautiful dream of God for all of us.