HOMILY: WEDNESDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME [YEAR A]
THEME: STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE
BY: FR. KARABARI PAUL
‘Understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.’
Let us reflect on the First Reading (Daniel 5:1-6.13-14.16-17.23-28) today. Even though Daniel lived in captivity, he refused to settle for mediocrity. This brought him to the attention of the king of Babylon who said, ‘I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.’ What a CV. What a reputation. And what a rebuke to those who ‘just want to get by’. The Bible says, ‘Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people’ (Proverbs 22:29).
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The way to get noticed and to get ahead in life is to study, grow, and sharpen your skill set. Question: Do you have a mediocre attitude towards your work, your relationships, and your life in general? If so, consider the level of frustration you would experience if the people who served you had a ‘that will do’ attitude. What if a waiter served your food cold and your drink in a dirty glass? Do you think you would complain? If so, imagine how people feel when you give them shoddy workmanship and a ‘couldn’t care less’ attitude. They say ‘excellence is its own reward’. Yes, you will be rewarded for excellence, but your biggest reward will come from knowing you did your best. Aristotle said, ‘We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.’ Observe the lives of people who excel in their fields. Study their habits and learn from them. Identify their character traits and seek to develop them. But no, we would rather sit back and condemn those who are doing what they should do excellently. We call them ‘Busy-body’, ‘perfectionist’ or every negative connotation. Bottom line: only when you have done your best, can you trust God to do the rest. GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. May God bless you and your household always through Christ Our Lord Amen. Good morning.
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