“Clothing ourselves in genuineness and truthfulness, by really appreciating and realizing the value and worth of people in our lives!”
(Based on Eph 1:1, 3-10 and Lk 11:47-54 – Thursday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time)
“In this world today while we’re living, some folks, say the worst of us they can
But when we are dead and in our caskets, they always slip some lilies in your hand…
Won’t you give me my flowers while I’m living and let me enjoy them while I can
Please don’t wait till I’m ready to be buried and then slip some lilies in my hand…
In this world is where we need the flowers a kind word to help us get along
If you can’t give me flowers while I’m living, then please don’t throw ’em when I’m gone…
Won’t you give me my flowers…?”
- Lyrics from the Song “Give me flowers while I’m living”
The words of this song is a living experience to many people in this world, including perhaps some of us.
We have many people in our life.
Many of them receive a lot of favours from us…but they fail to thank us.
We however, sometimes, do hear them backbiting us or spreading false rumours about us!
Many of them are helped in many ways…but they fail to acknowledge those favours.
We however, sometimes, do hear them talking ill of us or spoiling our name!
Many of them are rendered assistance in many ways…but they fall short of being grateful to us
We however, sometimes, do hear them being negatively critical about us and defaming us.
But at the grave, perhaps, all those people would talk highly about us.
After our death, perhaps, all those people might acclaim how wonderful a person he/she was!
We often become a people who…
… fail to appreciate when a person is alive, but shower praises after his/her death!
… fail to give a simple flower when alive, but spread garlands and bouquets after his/her death!
… fail to say a good word when alive, but brag and boast highly, after his/her death!
Consciously or unconsciously, we cultivate a habit or a tendency to remain ungrateful and unkind to people when alive, but falsely praise and glorify, when they are dead or are no longer with us!
An attitude of ungratefulness while living…but false appreciation after death!
A tendency of indifference while living…but vain glorification after death!
An approach of passivity while living…but fake interest after death!
Jesus, in the Gospel of the Day speaks of a similar attitude and tendency among the Pharisees.
In His continued attacks on the hypocrisy and duplicity of the Pharisees, Jesus condemns them for building memorials of the Prophets who were killed and murdered by their ancestors.
The Prophets of the old, lived as the true men of God and constantly called the people to a life of repentance and being faithful to God Yawheh.
But these prophets were very often persecuted, attacked and even killed.
The Prophets, who were the voice of God, while living, had their voices silenced and drowned by the wicked people…
But after their death, they used to be quoted and cited in many scholarly and erudite circles.
An attitude of ungratefulness while living… but false appreciation after death!
The Prophets, who called the people to live as per their true conscience, had their lives terminated and ended by the wicked people…
But after their death, they had fine memorials and beautiful tombs built in their name
A tendency of indifference while living… but vain glorification after death!
The Prophets, who became the champion of justice and truth, had their efforts ceased and their labours aborted by the wicked people…
But after their death, they had many oratories and exquisite lectures in their name.
An approach of passivity while living… but fake interest after death!
Jesus condemns the Pharisees for their deception, as they too become sharers of the blood of the True Prophets and the Men of God!
Jesus’ attacks on this Pharisaic attitude is a strong reminder and warning to each one of us too…
… to realize the worth and value of people, while they are alive, and not just heap up empty words of praise, after their death!
… to realize the importance of recognizing the true spirit and teachings of people around us…and not become too late in realizing their significance!
Life is too short to miss appreciating people for their genuine efforts and contributions.
Life is too short to not give people the worth for all what they are in our lives.
A fresh flower given when alive is far worth and appreciable than a bouquet given at the grave!
Appreciate people when they are around…
Enthuse people when situations are favourable…
Encourage people when time and space permit us…
Let us shake of the tendency of duplicity and dishonesty; instead, clothe ourselves in genuineness and truthfulness…
… by really appreciating and realizing the value and worth of people in our lives!
May we seek to make the prayer of St Teresa of Avila, whose feast we celebrate today, our own…
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours!
Yours are the eyes through which to look out, Christ’s compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about, doing good
Yours are the hands with which He is to bless men now!”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Do not sow a crop of good intentions
in your neighbour’s garden…