“Not being depressed and discouraged by the various situations of disappointments that we come across in life; instead, like St Ignatius of Loyola, being hopeful, and knowing that ‘every rejection is one more step closer to true success!’”
(Based on Jer 26:1-9 and Mt 13:54-58 – Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola – Friday of the 17th Week of Ordinary Time)
A young salesman became discouraged because he had been rejected by many of the customers that he approached.
He asked a more experienced salesman for some advice.
“Why is it that every time I make a call on someone I get rejected?”
“I just don’t understand that,” answered the older salesman…
… “I’ve been hit on the head, called dirty names, and thrown out the door, but I’ve never been rejected!
Remember, my son… Rejection isn’t what happens to us…
… but how we interpret what happens to us!”
How do we interpret the various situations of disappointments that we come across in life?
Do we get depressed and discouraged…
… or can we still be hopeful and know that “every rejection is one more step closer to true success!?”
Rejection and dejection, are sure companions in the life of a Christian, who is uncompromising and unwavering in one’s faith.
Despite these aspects, are we ready to hold on to doing the Will of God, and be His Faithful Followers?
Our Blessed Lord Himself underwent rejection and dejection in life.
Yet He would cling on to doing the Will of God!
The Gospel of the Day narrates this painful incident of “rejection and dejection” that our Blessed Lord encountered in His life, at the hands of His own country people (Mt 13: 54-58)
It is interesting to note, how the people of the hometown seek to justify their rejection of Jesus, by rationalizing their attitude…
Using 6 questions ( 6= A Biblical symbolic number which often stands for imperfection!)…
… the people of the hometown, reveal their blocked minds and closed hearts.
When one’s heart is rooted in unbelief and is closed to the truth…
… things of the Divine appear to be hostile!
And so the Lord would declare: “A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country or his own house!” (Mt 13: 57)
Thus, Jesus becomes the “Sign of Contradiction!”
… the Prince of Peace, begins to be seen as a cause of division and despise
… the Healer of Souls, begins to be seen as a cause of disagreement and discord!
… the Comforter of Hearts, begins to be seen as a cause of disturbance and distress
Anyone who seeks to follow Jesus – the “Sign of Contradiction” – the Epitome of Truth and Honesty…
… is sure to face the same experience!
Every true Christian, because of one’s convictions in the Eternal Values of Uncompromising Truth and Desire to do the Will of God, is sure to face…
… rejection from the people, because one’s ways challenge the lethargic lifestyle of others!
… dejection from the society, because one’s way of living poses a threat the corruption around!
But despite this “rejection and dejection,” can we still continue to hold on the Lord, the “Sign of Contradiction!”?
Life often hurls the “bricks of rejection” at us…
We can either be hurt by them…
… or be strengthened and buckle ourselves up with greater courage
We can either blame all those situations and curse life…
… or we can be thankful for those moments, which provides us a chance for “more blessings!”
Yes, we need to remember always:
Rejection isn’t what happens to us…
… but how we interpret what happens to us!”
Let us not get depressed and discouraged by the various situations of disappointments that we come across in life…
… instead let us be hopeful, and know that “every rejection is one more step closer to true success!”
Let us today seek the intercession of St Ignatius of Loyola, the Founder of the “Society of Jesus” (Jesuits), on his Feast Day.
He was a man with a lot of worldly ambitions and gripped with seeking vain glory.
But an incident, wherein, he was bed-ridden, as a result of a leg injury, brought a transformation in his life.
Not finding any other books to read, he was handed over the “Life of Saints”, which made him to prompt himself to ask a question: “Why am I using my life just for myself? These people did so much good during their time on earth. Why can’t I?”
St Ignatius was probably at a “dejected and disappointed” phase of his life…
… yet the Lord would use “that” situation, to bring a transformation in his life.
His motto: Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (“for the greater glory of God”) – is a great challenge and an inspiration for all of us.
May the prayer of this great Saint, echo in our hearts as well:
“O my God, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as I should…
… to give without counting the cost,
… to fight without fear of being wounded,
… to work without seeking rest,
… to labour without expecting any reward,
but the knowledge that I am doing your most holy will.”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life…
… rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise.
God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things!
Be at peace…