We Have a Choice
FR. TITUS MANANZAN, SVD,said the day’s readings are aboutchoices. In Joshua 24:1-18, we readabout Joshua, a most celebrated
commander in the eld in Jewish
history. In our time, he can belikened to a Hall of Fame awardeefor bringing the Jewish people tothe Promised Land. Joshua makes achoice: “As for me and my house,we will serve the Lord.” And he dieshappy because he was able to bringhis people to the Lord.We, too, have choices – fundamental and everyday choices.Our fundamental choiceshould be God. He created us because our very own existenceis an absolute proof of God’slove. But, Fr. Titus pointed out:If we share in His divinity, whywill some people go to hell? Theanswer: Because we have thechoice to respond or not to the loveof God, but we are not free fromthe consequences of our response.Hell, which means being awayfrom God in all eternity, is a naturalconsequence of not choosing God.In our daily life, we have achoice between good and evil. Fr.Titus shared the story of two AfricanAmerican priests. The priests aretwins born of single parents in thesouth side of Chicago, a place saidto be so notorious for crimes, whitesdared not go there. When the two priests were ordained, they wereasked how they became priestsdespite living in such a dreadful place. Melvin, one of the twins, said,“Because I choose to be good.”We can choose to be goodin spite of our bad surroundings,circumstances, or superiors.Peter said, “Lord, to whomshall we go?” If we turn awayfrom God, where shall we go? If we are buried in sin and shame,where shall we go? The bottomline is
believe that God loves us, His love will never change, and it iswithout condition
. We can alwayschoose GOD.
-- Bella Estrella Photo by ELS
Passion, Potential, Purpose
BRO. BO SANCHEZ started his talk with a reminder-- God’s declaration inJeremiah 1:5:
Before I formed you in thewomb I knew you, and before you wereborn I consecrated you; I appointed you
a prophet to the nations
.Bro. Bo pointed out: “When Godcreated you, He created you with a sacred purpose. And it’s this sacred purpose that
makes you unique... your purpose dened
everything about you—your personality,your past, your pain, including your passion and potential.”In his last talk of our series
, Bro. Bo Sanchez said successis all about alignment of our passion, potential, and purpose.To illustrate, he said, imagine anarcher: “An archer’s most important skillis the ability to align three things: his bow, his arrow, and his target. Withoutalignment, he can’t hit his target.”He added that we’re all archers-- because God has created us with amission, a goal, a purpose, a target. Hefurther explained:
The bow symbolizes your passion
This is where your power comes from. You can have anexcellent arrow—sharp andstraight and strong—but if youdon’t have a powerful bow, itwon’t go anywhere. In the sameway, you can be as intelligent asEinstein, but if you don’t have passion for your purpose, youwon’t be successful.
Bro. Bo Sanchez with Arvin Rabino of Shepherd’s Voice Radio andTelevision (SVRTV) demonstrate alignment of bow, arrow, and target.
-- Photo by ALEX UY YCO
C r i s L e g a s p i E L S
• The arrow symbolizes
The arrow symbolizes your core gift; Your bow could be very powerful, but if you picked thewrong arrow—if you picked anarrow that is bent, or brittle, or blunt—you won’t hit your target.If you want to be successful,you have to stick to your game.You have to be faithful to your core gift.
• The target symbolizes
Success is a simple pattern. If you really think about it, there’s nothingcomplicated about success.If you have the right bow— passion—and if you chosethe right arrow—potential— through
—in duetime, you’ll be able to hit your purpose in life.Bro. Bo added: “Whenyou align your passion, potential, and purpose, thatis when you achieve true prosperity. This is what I call
. The reason
you lack peace, fulllment, joy,
success, and true prosperity issomething is still not aligned inyour life.”Bro. Bo thus shared thesethree elements that need to bealigned in your life…
Your passionis that one thing you love todo even if you don’t get paid.Imagine that you found inyour yard $400 million. Evenwith that kind of money,you still work. What youwork on is your passion.
Passion isn’tenough. You need potential-- your special gift. Bro. Bosaid ask yourself, “Where do Iexcel? What one thing do Ido that when I do it, peopleare blessed?”That’s your core gift.Bro. Bo said, “God has givenyou a unique gift that will
make you a superstar in your world.
He added:”If you nd
your unique gift, developyour unique gift, and resistthe temptation to divert awayfrom your gift—you’ll be Number One. As 1 Timothy4:14 puts it:
“Do not neglect
Presentingideas from Jim Collins’ book,
Good To Great
, Bro. Bosaid, “The easiest way for
THE FEAST September 2, 2012