Defects You Should Want

I normally don’t write about spirituality in my business-oriented blog. However, oftentimes I wonder if I should because business, after all, is about who we are, what we do, and the use of the God-given talents we have on which we are to make our fortunes. So, today, I’ve decided to write about today’s homily (the Catholic sermon after the Gospel) which profoundly touched my heart, especially as a business person.

Today’s Gospel was the “turn the other cheek” reading from Matthew 5:38-40. This stirred our priest to discuss a book by Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan, a former Vietnamese-government-held prisoner, entitled Testimony of Hope: The Spiritual Exercises of John Paul II.

In the prose of this text, the Cardinal outlines what he determines are the five defects of Jesus Christ. They are:

Jesus had a terrible memory

Jesus had a way of forgetting and forgiving the sins of people such as the thief on the cross next to his and the sinful woman who anointed his feet.

Jesus didn’t know math

As explained by Van Thuan, the parable of the one lost sheep out of 99 in which the shepherd leaves the flock for the one sheep because it is equal to the sum of the 99.

Jesus doesn’t know logic

He told a parable of the woman who lost one of her ten coins. She tore her place apart looking for the one coin and, upon finding it, she threw a party which likely cost more than all ten coins put together.

Jesus is a risk-taker

Entrepreneurs should love this: he took risks with his own life and the lives of others. He recruited disciples from all over with no guarantee of their success and the likelihood that they would be persecuted. He himself suffered persecution and led a mission that, in our mortal world and in our human eyes, was a recipe for disaster.

Jesus doesn’t understand finance or economics

In the parable of the workers in the vineyard, He tells of the story of workers who toil all day and those who toil for only a short while receiving the same wages. This practice would bankrupt most businesses today and would surely lead to the ruination of the business and its reputation.

And yet, wouldn’t you love to be as defective as He is?

Keep Moving Forward.

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