Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up his outdoor grill and cook venison steak. But all of Bubba’s neighbors were Catholic, and since it was Lent, they were forbidden from eating red meat on Friday. The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest. The priest came to visit Bubba and suggested that he become a Catholic. After several classes and much study, Bubba attended Mass. The priest sprinkled holy water over him and said, “You were born a Baptist and raised as a Baptist, but now you are Catholic.” Bubba’s neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison filled the neighborhood. The priest was called immediately by the neighbors. As the priest rushed into Bubba’s yard, clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped and saw Bubba with holy water, which he was carefully sprinkling over the grilling meat while chanting, “You were born a deer, you were born a deer, but you are now a catfish.”

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

Reflection Questions:
What gifts were you born with?
Who helped nurture your gifts?
How do you help nurture the gifts of others?

Prayer: Holy God, let me live as you desire, sharing my gifts with others and living surrounded by the goodness of your presence in my life. Amen