Hope you are all doing well. We had a nice week after a not so pleasant week. Hope this continues. I hope and pray that you all be blessed with the abundance of grace from the Almighty.
I happened to see a video clip on the social media. It was about a man who came to a restaurant to eat. There were a group of friends who were eating when the man entered the restaurant. That group of friends seemed to have had a lot of fun talking and having the food. They were very much involved in talking so eagerly and enthusiastically that they engaged so little in eating. After they thought they were finished, they paid the bill and went away.
The man of the story, who entered at that time sees that there was a lot of food left over on few of the plates. He goes and takes that food and eats. Some people in the restaurant looked at him disgustedly, because he was eating the leftovers. Even the manager of the restaurant looked at him rather in a demeaning manner. Everybody in the restaurant thought that he was a very poor man and some even looked at him as if he was a beggar.
The man did not mind anything of what they thought or said. He ate and got up went to the counter. There was a plastic can with a CHARITY label stuck on it. He threw some dollars in that can and went away. All those in the restaurant looked at him amazingly at the way he taught them a lesson not to waste food. They all got up and respected him by their dumbfounded silence.
Yes. It has become a become a culture of wasting, wasting food, wasting money, wasting time, wasting energy, wasting talents, wasting knowledge. This wasting takes place in the abundance of those things. But we forget to understand that whatever we may waste would benefit many people who are in need of them, especially when they are in scarcity of those things. We waste things because we do not really know or realize the value of those things that we waste.
Here I would like to make a note on the Spiritual waste. Maybe because we do have an abundance of spiritual wealth we do not realize the value and worth of it. Because of that we waste a lot of spiritual wealth by not taking an active part in all spiritual activities like Holy Eucharist, confession, Sacraments and so on. We have people- religious and laity- to cater to our spiritual needs. Because we have more of them we do not consider it as something important or necessary for our Christian life. In this world there are many Mission countries where people do not have all these Spiritual abundances. This is true in some parts of our own country too. They long for some means for the satisfaction of their spiritual hunger and thirst. But they do not have them at all due to many reasons.
All that we need to do is to make use of all the facilities offered to us for spiritual health and development. This is the justice that we may exercise in the spiritual world. I pray that we all understand the gift of the spiritual abundance and appreciate it by actively availing them.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony