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Do you like hot sauce? Do you like to sprinkle hot sauce on your meals? Have you ever tried Tabasco ice cream? With the first bite, you taste the sweet and creamy ice cream, but with the second bite, you taste the mild and tangy jalapeno pepper. Does that sound good to you? Last year I visited Avery Island where Tabasco Hot Sauce is made and took a tour of the Tobasco plant. It was a fascinating tour and I learned that Tabasco Sauce is also known as Cajun ketchup. Another remarkable fact I learned is that one family for five generations has been running the Tabasco Company since 1868. They say that most family-owned businesses do not survive beyond the second generation. The current CEO's great-great-grandfather founded the company 146 years ago, and somehow the next generations have kept the founder's original vision as they expanded the company. They haven’t sold out to another company, nor has the company been embroiled in in-fighting and division. That's quite remarkable.
If you were to inherit a family business, what would you do to ensure that the business would thrive through the next generation? You would need to instill the mission of the founder upon the next generation; without being connected to that mission, the next generation loses the purpose of why the organization exists. Often what happens in a family business is that different family members vie for leadership; the unity is lost as they fight for what they think is the right direction. Jesus challenges us to be connected to him and live out our Heavenly Father's mission for us. However, what happens when we disconnect from that mission? We can easily adopt the principle, "I want what I want." Even when what we are doing is good and praiseworthy, if we become entrenched in our will instead of following the Father’s will for our lives, then we become disconnected from our true mission. That's what happened to the people of Israel and the religious leaders. Through the parable, Jesus showed the people that their will--which was disconnected from the Father's will--failed to produce the good fruits for the Kingdom of God. They promoted their personal agenda at the cost of fulfilling the Father's will.
I shared with you before how I was raised Catholic but my prayer life and faith went out the window
Prayer is our way to know and understand the Father's will. It is through prayer that we begin to see God's mission for us and whether we are carrying out that mission. This is how Blessed Mother and saints of our Church came to know the truth and to trust the Father. Father has chosen each of us to continue the work of His Son, and the He has given us every gift necessary to do His Will. We allow the distractions of our world to keep us from our true calling--to be His Son's presence in the world. Just as the Tabasco Company kept their founding vision for over 146 years, we need silent, intense prayer life to allow God's vision to bear fruit in our lives. We also need to call on Blessed Mother, our guardian angel, and saints to assist us; they are ready to help us if we call upon them and trust.