Person’s are gift; at least Jesus thought so. “Father, I want those you have given me to be where I am. I agree with Jesus and I also want those whom the Father has given me to be where I am.”
Persons are gifts which the Father sends to me wrapped! Some are wrapped very beautifully; they ate very attractive when I first see them. Some come in very ordinary wrapping paper. Once in a while, there is a “Special Delivery!” Some persons are gifts which come very loosely wrapped, others very tight.
But the wrapping is not the gift! It is so easy to make this mistake. It is amusing when babies do it. Sometimes the gift is very easy to open up. Sometimes I need others to help.
Is it because they are afraid? Does it hurt? Maybe they have been opened up before and thrown away! Could it be that the gift is not for me?
I am a person. Therefore, I am a gift, too! A gift to myself first of all. The Father gave myself to me. Have I really looked inside the wrappings? Afraid to? Perhaps, I’ve never accepted the gift that I am.
Could it be that there is something else inside the wrappings that what I think there is? Maybe I’ve never seen the wonderful gift that I am? Could the Father’s gift be anything but beautiful? I love the gifts which those who love me give: why not this gift from the Father?
And I am a gift to other persons. Am I willing to be given by the Father to others? A man for others? Do others have to be content with the wrappings? Never permitted to enjoy the gift?
Every meeting of persons is an exchangr gifts. But a gift without a giver is not a gift; it is a thing devoid of relationship to giver or givee.
Friendship is a relationship between persons who see themselves as they truly are: Gifts of the Father to each other for others. Brothers! A friend is a goft not just to me but to others through me. When I keep my friend, possess him, destroy his “gift-ness.” Persons are gifts, gifts received and gifts given, like the Son. Friendship is the response of person-gifts to the Father-Giver. Friendship is Eucharist.
Instruction: Choose a line that struck you the most and reflect.
© Fr. George Ninetemann