“What are humans that youare mindful of them, meremortals that you care forthem?” (Ps 8:5)
The Touch of the Master’s Hand By Myra Brooks Welch T’was battered and scarred, and theauctioneer Thought it scarcely worth his while To waste much time on the old violin But held it up with a smile. “What I am bidden, good folks,” he cried, “Who’ll start the bidding for me? A dollar, a dollar, then , two! Only two? Two dollars, and who’ll make it three? Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice; And going for three. . .”But no,
From the room, far back, a gray-hairedman Came forward and picked up the bow; Then, wiping the dust from the old wind, And tightening the loose strings, He played a melody pure and sweet As a caroling angel sings. The music ceased, and the auctioneer, With a voice that was quiet and low, Said: “What am I bid for the old violin And he held it up with the bow “A thousand dollars, and who’ll make itthree? Two thousand! And who’ll make it three? Three thousand, once; three thousand,twice;
The people cheered, but some ofthem cried, “We do not quite understand What changed its worth?” Swiftcame the reply: “The touch of a master’s hand.” And many a man with life out And battered and scarred with sin, Is auctioned cheap to thethoughtfulness crowd, Much like the old violin. A “mess of potage”, a glass of wine; A game- and he travels on.
He is “going ”once, and “going”twice, He’s “going” andalmost “gone”. But the Master of asoul and the changethat’s wrought By the touch of theMaster’s hand.
I. Moral Agent: The Human PersonChristian Morality life is simply:1. the call to becoming loving persons2. in the fullness ( completeness) oflife-with-others-in-community beforeGod3. in imitation of Jesus Christ
Key to Moral life – Human person (considered in the light of reason (understanding) and faith) Who Am I, as a person incommunity?As a Disciple of Christ in his Church?PCP II: “How do you live as FilipinoChristians in our situation of Lights
TCFC p. 524 The sense of dignity of human person: whole and entire body and soul heart and conscience mind and will * But just who or what is thehuman person according to reasonand Faith?
p. 535Persons in Christ We have acquired full awareness of our dignity in Christ and through Christp. 536 Christ reveals how the essential dignity of all persons is grounded directly on their:
A. Origin - “We are created by God in His image and likeness” (Gen. 1:26) - Through Christ, “through whom everything was made and through whom we love” (1Cor. 8:16)B. Meaning – we are redeemed by blood of Christ (EPH. 1: 7;Col. 1:14) and sanctified by indwelling spirit (Rom. 8:14-16; 1Cor. 6:19) - all persons are called to be children ofGod (1Jn. 3:1)C. Destiny - eternal life of blessed communion with theFather, His risen-incarnate Son and the Holy Spirit (CCC,1692)
Nature of Person in Experience1. Relational and Open - No man is an island - We grow into our full selves, aspersons in relating with others • Being persons means being by others(our conception, birth, upbringing) • Being with others (family, friends, neighbors, businessassoc.)
Physical•We are subject to the forces of nature(Temperature, disease, pressure)•We have needs to meet (food, shelter,clothes, security, love)• we are composed of bodily parts (cells,organs, tissues)•Has Spiritual powers (intellect,conscience, freewill, emotion)•We are subject to the reality of death(we all die)
Spiritual•Goes beyond material world. We arenot only limited to mere existence.• Death is not our end. Death is notthe end of our existence. THERE ISLIFE AFTER DEATH.•We are destined for eternal life inheaven. Hell or to be in hell is ourchoice.
2. Persons are conscious beings - aware of themselves in their out-going acts Intellect - the power to perceive, interpret, know andunderstand the highest faculty of the human soul. Free will - the power to make conscious, deliberatechoices or to control what one does. Rational - able to reason
3. Persons are embodied spirits - unity between our “body and soul”“Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit . . . soglorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)4. Persons are historical realities - we are pilgrims on-the-way who become ourfull selves5. Persons are unique yet fundamental equal
I Promise to be a refined La Salliangentleman/lady.