Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Oct. 14, 2015 Wednesday: 28th Week in Ordinary Time

Oct. 14, 2015 Wednesday: 28th Week in Ordinary Time

For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the very same things. We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true. Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God would lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:1-4)

There was story I read from One Day At A Time of Francis Kong about a diver and his unforgettable experience. A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious influence in his life came from his outspoken Christian friend. The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend’s sermons but he heard them often.

One night that diver went to the indoor pool at the college he attended. The lights were all off but as the pool had big skylights and the moon was bright, there was plenty of light to practice by.

The young man climbed up to the highest diving board and as he turned his back to the pool on the edge of the board and extended his arms out, he saw his shadow on the wall. The shadow of his body was in the shape of a cross. Taken aback, he thought for a moment. And for the first time he knew something was happening.

The sight of the shadow of the cross was too powerful for him. He began to review his life and now, perhaps for the first time, he accepted the fact that it was not a peaceful one at all. He wanted a change and it’s so strange. To have something like this, happen right in the middle of an evening under a moonlight sky.

Instead of diving, he knelt down and asked Jesus Christ to come into his life. As the young man stood, a maintenance man walked in and turned the lights on.

Had he took his dive, it would have been the end of his life. It is because there was no water. The pool had been drained for repair.

God just wouldn’t let him go. His love is too strong and bigger than the young man’s unbelief. That’s the kind of love we find in the God we have and let us spread this love of God to other people by becoming His witnesses.

Fr. Joseph Benitez