Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Construction of a Cathedral

                           A cathedral was being reconstructed after the demolition of the old cathedral. A visiting dignitary met three artisans actively engaged in the construction. He asked the same question to each of them: “What are you doing now?”
                           The three workers gave different answers to the Bishop’s inquiry. The first man said, “I am joining the bricks.” The second person said, “I am making a pillar.”
                          The third was a helper, engaged in mixing sand and cement to make mortar for the masons. But his answer was, "I am constructing a cathedral.”
                           The three men were working with different attitudes. The first two could find only a limited application to their activities. But the third had a broader vision. He did not consider his role as insignificant. He had a magnificent cathedral in his dream. He considered his share of the work as part of a great endeavour.
                          The role of an individual may be minor when compared to the target. But every action is relevant and significant in the eyes of God.
                           Mother Teresa said, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” She considered herself and every one as  little pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a loving letter to the world through each of us. 
                           We may be performing only minor acts of love, service and charity or only doing our daily duties with dedication and honesty. But these are great works in God’s eyes. He will reward us generously.

© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India, Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally and Leo. S. John, ManiparambilOoriyakunnathKunnumbhagomKanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, KeralaIndia.
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