I hope you are well. We have started having snow, a long-awaited thing. We are getting ourselves ready to face what is going to come, the winter, the snow, the ice….. Hope this is going to be at mild one.
Once there was a young man who was in love with the daughter of a farmer. He wanted to marry her. The girl's father told that young man that he would let him marry his daughter if he was able to tame one of his bulls. The young man accepted the deal. The day for the challenge came near. The young man got himself ready to face the challenge in order to marry that girl because he loved her so much.
According to the agreement of the challenge the young man will have three bulls to choose from to tame. He had to tame at least one of those three bulls. So, the challenge began. The first bull was let out for him to be tamed. The young man looking at the bull thought that he could tame one of the other two bulls. So, he just let the first bull go. Now he had only two more chances.
Now the second bull was let out for the young man to tame. The bull seemed very fero-cious and violent. The young man was scared. Because of the fear he did not claim the second bull also. So, now he had only one chance and that was the last one for him. When the third bull was let out, to the surprise of that young man, the bull had neither horns nor a tail. So, he could not take the third bull also. The young man was dismayed. The young man lost the challenge and the girl too.
Our life is full of chances or opportunities. Opportunities to love people, opportunities to help people, opportunities to relate with people, opportunities to smile at people, oppor-tunities to live your life to the fullest, opportunities to relate with God, opportunities to reconcile with him, opportunities to listen to him, opportunities to talk to him, opportuni-ties to have conversation with him, opportunities to pray to him. But, do we make use of these opportunities? Most times we miss them.
The fact that we miss the opportunities may be due to our laziness, maybe due to our unwillingness, maybe due to our various complexes, maybe due to all introvert attitudes, maybe the things that happened in our life, maybe due to various other reasons. But be-cause we miss all these opportunities we are the ones at loss. Nobody is going to suffer that loss. Because we miss those opportunities, we miss to make our life fruitful and hap-py. We need to use these opportunities. Because every time we miss one of them we miss our opportunity to be happy and lively.
Most often we do not take time to see the opportunities that come along our way. We are so immersed in too many things that to take time for seeing the opportunity becomes impossible. If we could see those opportunities in our life, we can make full use of them and we can be happy and also make others happy. Look for opportunities…..Use them well.….Live happily……
Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony