It is said that one of the greatest sins that we can ever commit is the failure to become who God intended us to become. Adam and Eve committed this and what used to be a beautiful life in perfect relationship between God and man became imperfect. A life of enchantment became a life full of darkness and evil. Weeds replaced beautiful flowers as sin marked itself on humanity.

One of the stories I love to hear is about this young farm boy whose father raised chickens up in the mountains near the Davao-Bukidnon border. One time his adventure took him high up in the forest where he scrambled upon an eagle’s nest. Out of curiosity he took one egg, run home and placed it in one of the hen’s nest. The hen didn’t know the difference; to her it is just another egg. What she just knew is just to sit on her nest until the eggs hatch. One day a little eaglet came out and with the other chicks lived a “chicken’s life”. The eaglet became content thinking he was just “one of them” and didn’t know he was different.

When we haven’t discovered yet who we are, we stay with the crowd and remain obscure. If you surround yourself with negative people, you become negative yourself. You live the life of a gossiper, a loser, a hater; in other words, you live a “life with the chickens”.

As the young eaglet grew, he felt something different within him. He thought, “I’m different, there’s more to me than being a chicken”. Confused, he just went about life until one day he saw an eagle up in the sky and he remarked, “I’m like that!” The eagle felt the urge to stretch his wings and thought, “this chicken yard is too small for me. I want to soar up high and see the sky, the mountains and valleys beyond!” He has never tried flying but the instinct to do it grew within him. He felt the power in his wings and flew into the top of the hill and then on into the blue sky, where he landed into the tallest tree up high on a tall mountain. He could fly!

One of the most beautiful days of your life is when you realize God’s purpose for you, which is the day you discovered your potential. You are special and you are created differently from all the others. You are not a number, you are not a statistic. You are special in God’s eyes!

The past two weeks saw us commemorate two important events of the Church: the Solemnity of the Assumption into Heaven, and the week after, the Queenship of Mary. Why this is relevant is the fact that Mary is the perfect model of obedience to the Father and to her Son Jesus, our Lord and Savior. She said “yes” to the Father, even though at that time it may be vague to her what the mission will eventually be. She was even “deeply troubled by the angel’s words” and wondered what it means. In her simplicity and humility, she submitted her future to the will of the Father. She believed and never doubted God. She said “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say” (Lk. 1: 38). After that, she visited her cousin Elizabeth, and responded to her greeting,

“My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit finds joy in God my savior,

For He has looked upon His servant in her lowliness;

all ages to come shall call me blessed.

God who is mighty has done great things for me,

holy is His name…” (Lk. 1: 46-49)

Just like the Blessed Mother, we too can become who God intended us to be, if we just obey Him. Believe, have faith. We don’t need a compelling miracle to shake us from our disbelief. What we think we can is enough proof of our potential. Obey His calling. There’s no better way to become our potential than to follow our generous and loving God.

Our challenge is to ask God to forgive us for failing to be at our best. Then listen to His leading and we can fulfill His purpose for us.

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