Born to Greatness

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To quote from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, he said ‘The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.’ From the humblest of beginnings, Jesus shows us that we can all attain this greatness through obedience and prayer. For God has a plan for all of us, ‘For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.’ (Jeremiah 29:11)

Even though we all face trails in life we must always keep our eyes focused on God’s will not our own earthly ambitions, for the world does offer us comfort and it is so easy to take the quicker route than to go through all the winding roads of troubles. The one thing we must remember is that the Devil doesn’t care if you read the bible or go to church, but he does care when we apply it to our lives. Though we sin, we always need to go back to God, through the sacraments, in repentance and reconnect.

I was told before of an exorcism. There were two priests, a couple of doctors and a few nuns there praying and restraining the possessed man down. The demon was throwing him all around the room, and he was labelling all the sins of everyone in the room. This was a distraction for the priests, so they stopped the exorcism and told everyone to go to confession. When they started back again, he asked the demon, can you name our sins? The demon replied, of course I can’t. They then finally exorcized the demon out of the man.

Back to the title, we all can be great. I was reading from the Old Testament the other day and came across Judges 9:8-15. It reads;

The trees once went out to anoint a king over themselves. So they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us.’ The olive tree answered them, ‘Shall I stop producing my rich oil by which gods and mortals are honoured, and go to sway over the trees?’ Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and reign over us.’  But the fig tree answered them, ‘shall I stop producing my sweetness and my delicious fruit, and go to sway over the trees?’ Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and reign over us.’ But the vine said to them, ‘Shall I stop producing my wine that cheers gods and mortals, and go to sway over the trees?’  So all the trees said to the bramble ‘You come and reign over us.’ And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’

You can see that the trees go through the varieties to find their king to which they all have massive responsibilities. The Olive for its oil, Fig for its fruit, Vine for the wine and finally comes to the bramble. Though the bramble bushes tend to have a brittle, porous core and an oily residue along the stalk which makes them ideal to burn and thorns are for cover and occasionally for protection and the fruit produced can be eaten as well. We see bramble bushes as small and places to be avoided, but it has so many qualities that can sustain itself and its environment. The parable not only shows that the bramble can do so much, but its fiat is a strong message. Though they went through the other trees, they turned down the offer because they couldn’t give up on their own ministries. This is what we have to think about in our secondary vocation. God gives us the gifts and skills to do so much, but if God then calls us to Religious life or marriage then do we drop whatever we are doing to go for it? We need to pray for vocations all the time, if not for ourselves but worldly vocations to allow people to have the strength to submit to God’s will. 

We all have two vocations in life. The secondary vocation is as I have already mentioned, religious life, priesthood, marriage, living a chaste life. Our Primary vocation is Holiness, which is greatness. We are all called to greatness, and we all need to pray for the strength and guidance to attain such greatness.

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