You Are One of A Kind A Reflection for October 14, 2018
by Rev. Robert Johnnene OFM Mission Sts. Sergius & Bacchus
Franciscans of Divine Mercy of the Reformed Catholic Church
When I was preaching a sermon on a recent Sunday one of the members of the Faith Community said to
me, “You Are One of a kind” to which I replied, “Is that a good thing or a bad thing”, they replied; “Very
Later, as I pondered on this exchange, the more I came to realize that indeed it is a wonderful thing that
God has created each of us different and unique.
We have unique genes which separates us from each other and from all the other members of our family.
Our children are different from us in some unique way and not exactly a clone of us. That is the wonder
of God’s creation. No two things are exactly alike and for that reason we need to acknowledge and rejoice
in that difference. This past week I attended a Spiritual Directors Workshop which centered on the
universality of God. It asked us to find God in all things in the universe.
When we recognize the uniqueness of nature and the universe and the order of it all we can not but see
the power of God.
In the first reading for this Sunday from Wisdom 7:7-11 we read the following; I prayed, and prudence was
given me; I entreated, and the spirit of Wisdom came to me. I esteemed her more than scepters and
thrones; compared with her, I held riches as nothing. I reckoned no priceless stone to be her peer, for
compared with her, all gold is a pinch of sand, and beside her silver ranks as mud. I loved her more than
health or beauty, preferred her to the light, since her radiance never sleeps. In her company all good
things came to me, at her hands riches not to be numbered.
The second Reading from Hebrews 4:12-13 says; The word of God is living and effective.
God is alive and in everything that exists, all things are brought into existence by and through God and all
Just imagine how dull and uninteresting this world would be if every person looked and acted exactly like
the other, if every flower was the exactly the same, smelled and looked and the same color. Every day
was exactly like the day before. Think about the film GROUNDHOG DAY were Phil (Bill Murray) keeps
repeating the same thing day after day.
God, in His wisdom knows how bored we humans can get when our lives become dull.
He also knew that without diversity we would not have developed and grown as we have but would have
remained the same as the day Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden of Eden for succumbing to
the temptations of Satan.
If every person were a genius in the same field, we would not have the scientific advancements we have
achieved. Our world would have remained as it was 13.7 Billion years ago when God brought it into being.
God gave every person uniqueness and special gifts, as we are reminded in Romans 12:4-11 “For, as in
one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office; thus we, [being] many,
are one body in Christ, and each one members one with the other. But having different gifts, according to
the grace which has been given to you” and again in First Corinthians 12 “Now there are varieties of gifts,
but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of
effects, but the same God who works all things.... and all the members of the body, though they are
many, are one body, so also is Christ.”
God, who is perfection, created people different for reasons only He knows. God had a purpose for all
things that he created and continues to create as this universe expands
We need to respect not only every human person but all of God’s creation for we are all united together
with each other and all that is a part of the universe. God is found in all things, even those we consider
bad, if we look for God in all things.
We have no right to question God, who is perfection, but we need to be grateful that God did create us
with diversity and difference. We need to glorify god for the differences He has created and not exclude
anyone because they do not conform to our idea of what people should be.
Our gospel reading tells us that it is not easy to achieve everlasting life, it would be easier for a camel to
pass through the eye of a needle we were told, but it is achievable, if we are not selfish and share Gods
gifts with those who have not been as blessed as we. We need to be good stewards and live as Christ
instructed, for if we do, even a camel could pass through the eye of a needle because with God, all things
are possible, if we use God’s gifts to lift up those who are disheartened; always remember the words
found in Matthew 7:10-12; “If you, then, though you are Imperfect, know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:10-
Every child of God is “One of a kind” if they live their life as best as they can and through their Baptism
they are heirs to the kingdom of heaven.
I am certainly not, “one of a kind” but just like every child of God, struggling to live my life as Christ
instructed us by giving up of myself for others as Christ taught us in today’s gospel. AMEN