A man found an eagle’s egg and put it under a chook to hatch. It hatched and, with some help from the man, the young eagle grew up and fletched. He grew up with the chooks. He ate their food, scratched in the ground as chooks do, etc.
Many years later the eagle, now old, looked up at the sky and saw a magnificent bird . “What is that” asked the old eagle? One of the chooks said, “Oh that is an eagle He is the king of the sky! We are chooks, we belong to the earth”.
So, the old eagle lived and died as a chook because that is what he believed he was!
Every human being has God-given dignity. In the eyes of God, we are all equal.
When we look around in the world, we certainly can see that not all people are treated as equals.
Racial discrimination has made some to treat others as inferiors. Privilege has also meant that some look down on others less well off or less ‘educated’, cast systems have told people that they are worth less, etc.
The tragedy is that many human beings begin to think that they are not as good as others!
If a person is told often enough that they are not good enough, there is a likelihood that they begin to believe it!
There can be a certain fatalistic attitude where some begin to believe that they cannot grow or change their condition.
Jesus was angry with the Pharisees because they judged others and did not leave them room to grow!
He gave people the opportunity to continue to grow, to change, to be their true self!
Being a Christian is about being our true self, it is about growing, to be the person that God has made us to be.
We are not powerless, to let go of had habits, of sin, of practices that are contrary to God’s plan for us. We are the beloved sons and daughters of God.
There are many true stories in the lives of the Saints where people were able to let go of the past and some very sinful ways. They were able, by the grace of God, to become Saints. We are all called to holiness, called to be Saints in our lives.
Our hearts can fly high with the love of God!