Last night, as I was leaving church after singing vespers, one of the members of the group began to talk to me about gifts from our Lord. I pondered was he was saying and then at Mass this morning, the Priests entire Homily was about gifts. He had mentioned that when we are judged but God, it wont be against other souls and what they did or did not do, but what we did with the gifts our Lord had given to us. We will be judged against ourselves.
I couldn’t help but tell my Priest after, that I was taken in by his homily. I compared receiving the gifts our Lord sent to us as playing catch with Him. I could see myself standing at a distance form Him anticipation the next toss. Ready for it and in some times, being distracted by what was going on around me, the truck passing by, a horn in the distance, others playing and wanting to join them rather then play catch with Him and dropping the “ball”.
As I ponder this more, it is like a Married couple on Christmas Eve, wrapping presents for the celebration of Christmas. He tosses a gift, sometimes we catch it, sometimes we drop it. When we receive it, we see it unwrapped and wrap it back up through our works in regards to using it as He needs us to and tie it up nicely by tossing it back to our Lord, in completion. When He receives it, He places it under the Christias Tree. At the end of our life, when we are standing in front of The “Tree”, there will be two piles of gifts. Those wrapped nicely through the word we have done, through our charitable actions and love behind them, and a pile of gifts that remain never wrapped. The gifts we were give to “wrap” that we never finished, the gifts we dropped, the gifts we ignored thinking it wasn’t good enough or it wasn’t want we wanted to give.