Don’t judge a book by its cover is an old dictum but reliable in essence and true in meaning.
How often do we make conclusions based on external appearances we see or observed in people or things, only to realize our wrong assessment and judgement later? Like a story told about a man who stumbled upon a hard object on his farm one day thinking that it was simply a piece of hard wood but after patiently brushing it with cleansing solution could not believe that beneath the hardened mud and dirt was a beautiful painting masterpiece with staggering monetary worth.
When Jesus showed his three apostles Peter, James and John his glorious appearance during his Transfiguration, (Luke 9:32) he was giving a prelude that beneath his bruised, bloody and broken body that they would witness later in Jerusalem at his passion, crucifixion and death is his divine glory and majesty.
In effect, it goes to say that behind our sacrifices and sufferings done with good intentions to glorify God awaits the prize of abundant grace and blessings.
You’ll never know that within the cheap and worn out clothes covering a deformed, ugly and messy body, is a merciful and humble heart of that person. You’ll never know that inside someone’s baldness and scarred face is a pure and intelligent mind, or beneath someone’s poor accent is an angelic voice. You’ll never know that in that simple house bereft of furnishings, no car parked outside but a bicycle, no concrete gate but an open yard, is a home, a family at peace, living harmoniously and lovingly, caring and supporting each other and above all God-fearing. Is that your house? Just asking. Perhaps your bible is made of cheap material and looks old, but it contains the Word of God.
On the flip side, someone said that every accomplishment starts with a decision to try. Pema Chodron said that said, “ inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event control your emotions.” Did you ever realize that modern social media gadgets such as mobile phones and other sound generating and communication devices bring you closer to people around the world in a second, but they also take you away from people sitting next to you?
When you walk through a crowd, bear in mind that everyone you meet may be carrying a problem or fighting a battle that you know nothing about. Therefore be compassionate and understanding. How rightly someone opined that the only thing that makes you unhappy are your thoughts, therefore change them. You don’t have to probe or proclaim that you are a good person, just live it and “now” is the time to do it because “ later becomes never.” I heard someone say that a relationship is like a house. When a light bulb burns out you don’t go and buy a new house, but fix the light bulb. If you cannot change the situation, change your attitude toward the situation and remember that sometimes a problem is not really a problem but your approach toward it is the problem.
What truly makes one nice and beautiful is not so much the outside appearance but the good heart inside. It has been said that physical beauty fades but good character remains. Let’s leave in people’s lives not our footprints but our heart-prints. Amen on that folks!!
In her Diary no. 427, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words; “ True greatness of the soul is in loving God and in humility.
Pray the Divine Mercy prayer every 3 p.m. Recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy for peace in the world and conversion of sinners.