Let each one use his talents, specializing through personal study in one or other religious, social or technical area to become able to serve the People of God (Congolese Regional Statutes, 1.17).
Reflect on the drama of David and Goliath. David chose five well-rounded stones from the stream and put them in his pouch to be used later with his slingshot. In the river of life, as we move toward God, we receive gifts, abilities and powers to confront Goliath. Face to face with Goliath’s weapons, our means of combat really seem like pebbles and, perhaps, not even well rounded ones. They are the little strengths of body, mind and spirit. They are the little virtues of speech, humor and wisdom; of energy, endurance and flexibility; of scholarship, craftsmanship and business; of friendship, helpfulness and generosity; of solidarity, accompaniment and compassion—all pebbles of little value in the eyes of the powerful in the world. With David, we should put our hand in the pouch and take out pebbles to fling from the circumstances of our lives. And afterwards, as David, we should contemplate with wonder and gratitude the victory accomplished by the hand of God.
Don’t sort firewood because even among small sticks you find kindling. (Tabwa)