By Deacon Tom Gryzbek

St. Andrew the Apostle

(Reflection for week of June 20,2021)

   The noun "rumination" means "a deeply considered thought about something."

   I thought a lot last week about the following quote, which may be something you have heard before:

   "What you are is God's gift to you; what you become is your gift to God."

   I really like it for two reasons: 1) Sometimes we may not believe we are anything special. We may believe we do not have a lot of talent compared to others, or may not have the traits seen in others whom we admire.

   This quote reminds me that God made you and me. We are each special, and are specially loved by God for just who we are. If God loves us so much to give us the special essence that defines our uniqueness, who are we to diminish what God has done by thinking less of ourselves. We each are a gift from God for the world, and for our praise and adoration of the great gifter - God. How blessed we truly are!   

   2) What we become is our gift back to God. The neat thing about this is we are "becoming" all the time. We evolve and change with each passing day. It is never too late to become what God wants us to be - a loving person who loves God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and who loves our neighbor as ourselves.

   It is never too late to become that loving disciple of Jesus. If we listen in the silence of our hearts, we hear Jesus say, "I love you. Please love me and grow closer to me because you are my special creation. Please do what I ask of you."

   May God give us this grace.

   Deacon Tom