Father Virgil's Message
Do you remember being a child and deciding on captains to choose sides for a game of softball, or volley ball or any other sport requiring a team? Kids waited to hear their fate. Every boy and girl thought, “Surely I will not be picked last!” But, every time, someone had to be last. The worst part was that it came down to one kid who thought he was not too horrible and one who knew he was horrible. Guess who was picked first, assuring that the sole survivor of this ritual was left to question why he or she even left the house that day. Good times?
Most of the time, to be chosen can make a person feel wanted to be needed. You realize that someone else sees something in you to respect and value. You become part of something bigger than yourself, a community even if it is a community of two, such as marriage.
Most people would probably say they chose Christ. There is a refrain in a popular song that says, “I will choose Christ!” However what that really means is that you have chosen an action. If you are Christian, you choose to follow, imitate and even become like Christ. But you did not choose Christ. He chose you!
Speaking in St. John’s Gospel, Jesus says, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you.” Do not think for a second that it was your choosing to get into this game. And there was not first, middle or last people chosen. Someone saw something in you of great value and made sure to choose you. And not matter how many times you mess up and start to feel like you are not good enough for God, He reminds you that you are still a star on his team. He would choose you all over again.
GOD IS GOOD! GOD CHOSE US! LET US GIVE PRAISE AND THANKS TO GOD!
Have a good week,