LAST week’s Gospel fromMark 10:17-30 tells the storyof a young man who goes up toJesus to ask, “What shall I do toinherit eternal life? ”Jesus tells him, “Go andsell what you have and give tothe poor. And you will havetreasure in Heaven, then comefollow me.”In his homily, Fr. AlexBalatbat asked: “Are you rich andhappy or are you rich but sad? If you are not happy then there must be something missing from your yearning heart.”Fr. Alex said that havingmany possessions does not meanyou are rich. If your business isnothing but money, then that is a poor business. Business is morethan money, more than material possessions. Life is not onlyabout material things, life is aboutthe business of relationships.As written in 1 Timothy6:10:
“For the love of money is aroot of all sorts of evil, and someby longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Fr. Alex said it is okayto possess money, but never allow money to possess you. Headded: “The Feast is the happiest place on Earth because it is acelebration of truly rich people.”The happiest people in the worldare called givers. The more theygive, the more riches they gain.They are not afraid to lose their material wealth because God’s
blessings are overowing.
Jesus taught the man to sellall his possessions and give themoney to the poor. Fr. Alex saidin the same manner, we shouldinvest on greater things. Weshould focus on the real treasureand that is Eternal Life.
-- Anna Modesto Photo by Chino Modesto
Plant and Harvest:God’s Earthly Rewards
IN last Sunday’s Feast, Bro. BoSanchez discussed
,the second topic in the
series.Bro. Bo said he searched onGoogle about
fromGod, and found that many are notcomfortable talking about receivingrewards as they believe that people should focusonly on EternalRewards. Bro. Bosaid that God wantsto reward us evenwhile we are still onEarth. He read from Mark 10:29-30:“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “noone who has left home or brothersor sisters or mother or father or
children or elds for me and the
gospel will fail to receive a hundredtimes as much in this present age:homes, brothers, sisters, mothers,
children and elds—along with persecutions—and in the age to
come eternal life.”
The Marshmallow Test
Bro. Bo explained
through the MarshmallowTest conducted by the Universityof Stanford in 1972. About 600children aged 4 to 6 were broughtone by one in a small room devoidof distractions except for one piece of marshmallow on a table.Each child was instructed to waitfor 15 minutes before eating themarshmallow-- if he does, hewill get two instead of just onemarshmallow. Some children atethe marshmallow before the timewas up. Some closed their eyes, jumped or ran around just to avoideating the marshmallow. After 15minutes, the children who waited patiently happily received their second marshmallow. Twentyyears after the experiment, theresearchers checked on the childrenwho took the test, and found thatthose who succeeded in gettingtheir second marshmallows grewup as intelligent, well-adjusted, andsuccessful adults.Bro. Bo said the MarshmallowTest illustrates the Law of the Farm,that is, harvest is not immediately present after planting. By notenjoying all of the harvest at once
and delaying gratication, one gets to
reap even more.Bro. Bo said his messagewas for two groups of people: thosewho need to plant, and those whoneed to harvest.
People Who Need to Plant.
Though the reward is not yet present, you must continue plantingso you have something to harvest.Bro. Bo said there are people whoenvy the rich person, particularlyhis harvest. But they do not see howhe planted, the hard work he didto have a harvest. Bro. Bo talkedof his business mentors who areincredibly wealthy. “But I am more blown away by their planting.They have been planting for decades, and they have notstopped.” Bro. Bo said.In the recent Truly RichClub Super Conference held inDos Palmas, Palawan, Bro. Bomet Nicole. She is a 20-year-oldFilipina who came from the UnitedStates to participate in the event. Hefound the young woman admirable because she spent her own moneyfor this endeavor.How did she raise the moneywithout asking for help from her parents? She sold food, worked as asecretary, and offered photographyservices, among other things. Bro.Bo said, “Before she stepped intothe conference, she was alreadygrowing and learning.”
People who need to harvest.
There are people who keep delaying
gratication, until they die without
having experienced it. Low self-worth is one of the reasons peopledo not enjoy their harvest, as theyfeel unworthy to receive blessings.Some have a distorted religious belief that expecting earthly rewardsis unholy, and thus, they postponegrowth and advancement, andrefuse promotions at work.Bro. Bo encouraged usto aspire for earthly rewards.As Proverbs 10:5 puts it:“He who gathers crops insummer is a wise son, but hewho sleeps during harvest is adisgraceful son.”In one seminar, a man sharedto Bo that he felt regret for nothaving left his job. He was never promoted for 18 years. He wishedhe had the chance to hear Bro. Bo’stalk years ago, and then he wouldhave looked for another companythat would appreciate hisefforts and gethimself rewarded.Bro. Bo alsoshared the storyof a woman whowas a talentedwedding planner. She would deliver beautiful and organized ceremoniesand receptions to her friends for free. One day, she found herself needing money. Bro. Bo advisedher to charge services, but she wassqueamish about it.Indeed, there are people whothink they should not monetize their services. But Bro. Bo encouragedthem to go ahead and charge.
They have a difcult time putting
a price tag on their work becausethey feel unworthy and afraidto be criticized.Earthly harvest however, willalways be imperfect. “Prosperitywill always come with persecution.Abundance will always come withadversity,” he said. This is becauseearthly rewards are incomplete andimperfect. The perfect reward is theEternal Reward.Bro. Bo shared the story of his high school classmate, Felipe,who bragged about attending partiesand discos, and taking in drugs toget high. Bro. Bo, who was alreadyserving the ministry when he was 12years old, attended prayer meetingsand got high through Light of Jesus seminars.Years later, Felipe could nolonger go to parties because of hisnumerous health problems. Bro. Bo,on the other hand, is now building parties all over the world. “Theseare called Feasts,” he said.When he was 14 years old,he gave up time for his parentsand siblings at home. He went toslum areas and prisons to share theGospel and hold prayer meetings.He even lived in Anawim for three years with the abandonedelders and orphans. “I gave upmy youth, my life, my comfort,”he said.Bro. Bo is now harvestingwhat he planted in his youth.“God has returned to me ahundredfold whatever I hadgiven up.”Indeed, his life is a testimonyof God’s earthly rewards. “I wantyou to believe that God will rewardyou, even in this age. It will beincomplete, but it is a reminder thatthere is a perfect reward waiting for you,” Bro. Bo said.
--Cessna M. Papas Photo by Ramel Robles
THE FEAST October 21, 2012