I Am What I Am

Dear Parishioners,
 

I read a book that's named The Power Within You. It's a true story about a young man named Cordell Brown. He was handicapped, suffering from cerebral palsy. He both walked and talked with great difficulty.

 

In 1980, Cordell Brown was invited to speak to the Philadelphia Phillies in a pregame chapel service. The Phillies were a great team that year & they won the World Series. What could Cordell possibly say to these great superstars who were far removed from his world of pain and deformity?

 

Cordell began by putting the players at ease. He said, "I know I'm different." Then quoting 1 Corinthians he added, "But by God's Grace I am what I am." For the next twenty minutes he spoke about the goodness of God in his life.

He then answered the question, "What could Cordell possibly say to these great superstars who were far removed from his world of pain and deformity?" Cordell Brown said in a loving way, "You may hit three-fifty for a lifetime and be paid a million dollars a year, but when the day comes when we leave this world, that's one time when we'll be the same. And I don't need to have what you have in life but one things for sure, you need to have what I have, and that's Jesus Christ."

 

The story of Cordell Brown, like today's gospel reading invite us to look at the priorities in our life. Both the story and the gospel invite us to ask ourselves what is really important to us. Above all, they ask if Jesus Christ is the number one priority in our life. By putting Jesus first in our life, we prepare to receive the gift of eternal life.

 

Sincerely in Christ,
Father Dominick