DESPISE NOT THE LEAST


Here’s a story about the mouse and the lion. With no chance of escape, the mouse was about to be devoured by the lion when it cried out; “ Spare me, great beast! Please don’t eat me, I want to live longer and enjoy life more. Someday I may be able to repay your kindness.” Surprised by the words of the little mouse, the lion roared with thunderous laughter. However, he was so amused at the thought that a tiny mouse could help him, the king of the jungle, that he freed the little animal.

Sometime later, the lion was captured by hunters, wrapped in a huge net, tied to a sturdy tree and went off to get a truck to carry him to be slaughtered. Suddenly the tiny mouse came along and seeing the lion in his miserable condition, came close and started masticating the rope. It gnawed a wide opening in the net and the lion got free.

How often do we despise others especially those whom we take for granted because they are ignorant, poor, ugly, dirty and old, their living standard is lower than ours, or they have certain disabilities of daily living. How quick are we sometimes to undermine other people’s capacity to perform good works, resolve problems or deliver desired results.

It’s a fact of life that many great things have been achieved by persons whom society despises and this is true likewise of places and events tagged as liabilities rather than assets. We must realize that a person whom we consider to be least significant in our life can set us free from our slavery to sin, money, honor, glory or from our compulsive desire for recognition, compliment, praises and other human accolades. Furthermore, someone whom we undermine and ignore today may someday bring us honor, strength, hope, freedom, peace, success and help unbind us from our nets of misery and isolation. If this happens to you, remember the story of the mouse and the lion.

To this subject, the person who comes to mind is Jesus Christ, our merciful Savior. He too was despised and undermined for he came from Nazareth, a place so despised for nothing good can come out of this place as was the belief of the people in that time. “ Can anything good come from Nazareth? ” (John 1:46). Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, and Joses and Judas, and Simon? Are not his sisters here with us? (Matthew 13:55) Jesus said to them, “ a prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household”. ( Mark 6:4).

In his wonderful design and deep wisdom, God can use us for good and for his own purpose. Remember, Jesus’ disciples were simple people whose trade of living was not impressive to capture human compliment or admiration. The  Blessed Virgin Mary in her lowliness was chosen to be the Mother of our Savior. We must be inspired and grateful that despite of what people say about us, there is always someone who abides with us and takes care of us; He is Jesus our merciful Savior.

On the flip side, someone said that one of the happiest moments ever is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change. Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. In the midst of all the chaos and routine of life, be sure to think of your goals and dreams. Let your past make you better, not bitter. Be careful whom you trust and tell your problems to. Not everyone who smiles at you is your friend. On the other hand, sometimes having coffee with your best friend is all the therapy you need. A true friendship is two imperfect people refusing to give up on the other. Time is not what makes friendship last…it’s love and devotion that keeps the tie between souls. Never judge people by their past. People learn, people change and people move on. Amen on that folks!!

In her Diary no. 548, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words; “ If your trust is great, my generosity is without limit”.

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