23 September 2007. 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 16, 10-13 Before Becoming Big-Time
Wesley Snipes before becoming famous worked as a parking assistant at
These famous artists illustrates the simple yet practical point of the Gospel: Before we are entrusted with bigger things, we have to start small. The maxim is very important for many Filipinos. We like to hit it big right away. Many are called one-time big-time millionaires: once they get their pay check they splurge.
But life teaches us that the best way to the top is the incremental process: hinay-hinay pero kanunay (slowly but surely). Many would like to start a business, but couldn’t because they wait for big-time financing. Small business magazines and books like “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and “The Millionaire Next Door” tell us that small businesses can be started with nothing. The requirement is that we possess a marketable skill, a potential client and the guts to creatively market ourselves. Bravery is key in one’s incremental climb to the top. In other words, it is ok to start from the garage of the house, or for many Filipinos, from our window with a few items for a sari-sari store.
The same thing with building our character. The Gospel tells us, “the person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.” We are all called to grow, and as
You can therefore see with the ZTE scandal involving top government officials that grace Philippine headlines today: they did not begin to be corrupt NOW. I bet they began cheating way before they became famous.
*Mr. Raymond Sajor at the Diocesan Youth Assembly. He sings today Sunday at the UP Church, 11:00 AM Students' Mass. The UP Pep Squad also thanks the Lord for winning this year's UAAP Cheerdance Competition at the Araneta Colliseum.