The Tale of the
“BARE bush” and the Great “maps” Race

Another I AM a Catholic Lesson

by Patrick Miron

A long, long time ago [Before the invention of GPS] in sometimes never, never land ; a Great Race from the far East Coast to the far West Coast took place with the prize being “Winners take All.”

The race had a boodle of entrants, with a wide variety of vehicles and drivers, each thinking they had “Thee winner”; the right and necessary winning combination. And each having to “map-out” their own path; their own way to win the race, each one mapped out with what they knew [or thought they knew] or relying on what they had been told was the surest way to win.] … However for our story we’ll concentrate on the two best known personages. The “have” and the “have-not’s”. … Both having equal access to freely choose the one true and right map book; which was offered [in a recent innovation] in two versions: the Old Original in a tattered sheepskin cover, while the “New & Improved” version was bound up in dazzling colors and covers of user’s personal choice. The latter most certainly being the most fun and thus a very popular version.

The “have-not’s” drive a bright red Ferrari; while the have’s drive a plain white Chevy-Nova. [Not as flashy and fast but far better mileage] for this long trip. … Both are given sufficient time to get from one Coast to the other Coast. But remember it’s a “Winners Takes All” contest.

Obviously the Ferrari is much more fun to drive, or even to ride in. But the Chevy Nova has been tested under the most outrageous conditions, over a very long period of time and has proven its worth time and time again. It may not be flashy as and fun; but it is been proven to be darn reliable.

Much ado is made of the wagers bets. Some, even most have placed their life savings on the line; all with equal expectations of winning the much sought after prize. Some betting foolishly, while others seem to have an insider’s knowledge and a high degree of confidence; being more conservative in placing their bets. The “KEY” ” is to know the best route among the many seemingly obvious options. After all; there can be only one “best way.” But then again the cars themselves have to be factored in [or so we’d expect].

Here are the instructions, and guidelines given in 3 parts, for the Great Race: Both of our chosen racers receive the same essential instruction, which may have been updated with new and “improved maps” in the Cover color of choice versions; while the well-worn [from a lot of use] sheepskin versions remains the less flashy, but tried and true version.

Jeremiah 17:5-10 “Thus saith the Lord: Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like tamaric in the desert, and he shall not see when good shall come: but he shall dwell in dryness in the desert in a salt land, and not inhabited. Blessed be the man that trusteth in the Lord, and the Lord shall be his confidence. And he shall be as a tree that is planted by the waters, that spreadeth out its roots towards moisture: and it shall not fear when the heat cometh. And the leaf thereof shall be green, and in the time of drought it shall not be solicitous, neither shall it cease at any time to bring forth fruit. The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable, who can know it? I am the Lord who search the heart and prove the reins: who give to every one according to his way, and according to the fruit of his devices.”

Psalm 1: 1-4 ,6 “Blessed is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the chair of pestilence. But his will is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he shall meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree which is planted near the running waters, which shall bring forth its fruit, in due season. And his leaf shall not fall off: and all whatsoever he shall do shall prosper. Not so the wicked, not so: but like the dust, which the wind driveth from the face of the earth. Therefore the wicked shall not rise again in judgment: nor sinners in the council of the just. …For the Lord knoweth the way of the just: and the way of the wicked shall perish”

These last directions being slightly modified to fit our Race Story:

John 8:12 Cf.“I am the light of the world: he that [really] follows me, drives not in darkness, but shall have the route to win” … & John 14:6 Cf. “Jesus said to them: I am the way, and the true way, to win. No man can win, [except by following me [and my one right set of directions.]”
The drivers of the Chevy Nova Team choose to take the path less worn; traveling over much rocky terrain; Great Mountain’s and wide deserts. Enduring much but knowing this was the most direct route, and the surest way. … While the Ferrari Team choose the New Super Express Ways loaded with comfort stops, and great places to eat and relax, knowing they had the fastest vehicle. Self-assured and even cocky is their attitudes of “certainly” having the winning combinations of best route and vehicle. They knew what THEY KNEW!
The Nova Team had prepared well, having conditioned their minds and bodies; and having stocked up on all the food, drink, and other necessary supplies; knowing if they were going to win, that would have to go “non-stop.” Over Rocky terrain, and deserts, forgoing creature comforts and rely on stamina in order to make up the difference of speed by long -tested reliability and personal sacrifices.

The Ferrari Team was also prepared, given what was at stake in winning or losing the race, by having a lot of charge cards, much cash and planning out where they would spend their nights in creature comfort so they would be rested for the following day, and also to avoid the darkness, not wanting to risk an accident.
Well the Race seemingly took a life time; but like the tale of the Tortoise and Hare; the right map book, combined with personal sacrifices of the Nova Team WON THE RACE. Nothing in life comes without a price to pay. We can choose to “pay now”, or to “play now” and pay later. The Nova Team took shortest but far more demanding route; choosing to “pay now” in order to WIN the Race of Life.

Dear friends, which team do you want to be on?

It is NOT about us, and what WE like, what WE want, what WE prefer. In the “game” of life or death it’s all about GOD! What does God want, what does GOD command; what does GOD actually Teach and expect? And the answer is quite simple. God want’s YOU to Hear and Obey Him, which is precisely why He choose to establish just One True Church; today’s Catholic Church.

Duet. 30: 19-20 “I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live: And that thou mayst love the Lord thy God, and obey his voice, and adhere to him (for he is thy life, and the length of thy days,) that thou mayst dwell in the land, for which the Lord swore to thy fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that he would give it them.”
Take Up your Cross and Follow Me

Phil.2: 8 “And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross Luke.9 :23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.Mark.8: 34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Luke.9: 23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke.14: 7 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” Matt.5: 19 “Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. “ Matt.19: 17 “And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”

“Some truths are so obvious that only experts can deny them”
C.S. Lewis
God Bless one and all,
Patrick

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