Do you know what Jesus said about going to offer sacrifice in the temI am sure all of us love our coffee and we have our favorite brand of it, be it Folgers’ ‘Dark Silk’ or Keurig’s ‘Dark Magic’or McCafe’s ‘Premium Roast’ or Starbucks’something…! Have you heard of a brand called ‘God’s Coffee’? It has been around for quite a while, and it was introduced into the market this way:
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups, porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite, telling them to help themselves to the coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds nothing to the quality of the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases it even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was the coffee, not the cup. But you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cups. Now consider this,” he continued… “Life is the coffee. The jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cups, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us. God brews the coffee, not the cups… Enjoy your coffee!”
The happiest people do not have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything they have. Live simply. Love generously, care deeply. Speak kindly and leave the rest to God. Did you enjoy God’s coffee today? Let others enjoy it too.
I offer my sincere congratulations to all our confirmation candidates who have been anointed with the Holy Spirit today, Pentecost Sunday.
May the Holy Spirit descend in power over each of us; let the fire of love burn strong in our hearts as we live life to the full in the week ahead and enjoy God’s coffee always.
-------Father Joe SDB