“In order to make good decisions, we must be able to distinguish”

The pearl merchant does not hesitate to spend everything to buy that one pearl. The same goes for the man who found a treasure. Unexpected situations, which are not programmed, in which it is necessary to recognize the importance and urgency of decision-making.

Everyone has to decide

Everyone has to make decisions, and no one is doing it for us. At some point, adults can freely ask for advice, they can think, but the decision is ours. We can’t say, “I lost this because my husband, wife, or brother decided to.” number! You decide, each of us has to decide. That is why it is important to distinguish: to make a good decision, it is necessary to be able to distinguish.

The Bible suggests another important aspect of distinction: affection. Whoever finds the treasure does not find it difficult to sell everything, his joy is great (cf. Matthew 13:44). The term used by the Evangelist Matthew refers to a special joy that no human reality can give us. It returns very little in other parts of the Bible, only in the parts that refer to the encounter with God.

The right decision leads to happiness

It is the joy of the Magi who, after a long and arduous journey, see the star again (cf. Matthew 2:10). This joy is the joy of the women who return from the empty tomb after hearing the announcement of the resurrection by the angel (cf. Matthew 28:8). It is the joy of those whom the Lord has found.

Making a good decision, a right decision, always leads to this happiness. Perhaps you have to suffer a little along the way due to uncertainty, reflection, and research. But in the end, the right decision will lead to joy.


On the Day of Resurrection, God will make a distinction upon us – the Great Discrimination. The images of the farmer, the fisherman, and the merchant are examples of what happens in the realm of heaven, a world that reveals itself in the daily business of demanding a stand. That is why it is so important to differentiate.

Big decisions can arise from what appear to be secondary circumstances, which will eventually prove crucial. For example, consider the first encounter of Andrew and John with Jesus, in which a simple question is asked: “Teacher, where do you live?” – “Come and see” (cf. Jn 1, 38-39), Jesus says. A very short conversation, which is the beginning of a change that will gradually mark the whole life.

time and eternity

Years later, the missionary will still remember that encounter that changed him forever. He will even remember the hour: “It was about four in the afternoon” (v39).

It is the hour in which time and eternity met in his life. And in the right and right decision, our will corresponds to the will of God. The present method meets eternity. To make the right decision, after going down the path of discernment, is to hold this meeting: time and eternity.


Therefore knowledge, experience, emotions and will are some of the indispensable elements for differentiation. We will also look at other, no less important, aspects during this catechism.

The prize causes fatigue. According to the Bible, the life we ​​have to live is not prepackaged, no! We must constantly decide, according to the reality that comes. God calls us to evaluate and choose: He created us as free people and wants us to exercise our freedom. This is why distinguishing is difficult.

Accurate instructions

We tested so much that we picked something that looked good at first, but in the end it just wasn’t. Or we knew what was good for us but chose not to. Humans, unlike animals, can make mistakes. He may decide incorrectly. The Bible already shows this on the first pages.

God gives man precise instructions: if you want to live, if you want to enjoy life, remember that you are a creature. That you are not the measure of good and evil and that your choices will have consequences for you, others, and the world (cf. Gen 2:16-17). You can turn the land into a beautiful garden or a dead desert.

Indispensable for living

Basic teaching: It is not in vain that the first dialogue is between God and man. The dialogue is: God gives the task, you must do this and that, and man must discern in every step he takes any decision he makes. Discrimination is a reflection of the mind, the heart, which we must make before making a decision.

The prize is demanding but indispensable to living. It requires knowing oneself, knowing what is right for me, the here and now. Above all, it requires an infantile relationship with God. God is a father and does not leave us alone. He is always ready to advise, encourage and welcome us. But he never imposes his will. why not? Because he wants to be loved and not afraid. God also wants us to be children, not slaves: free children. Love can only be experienced in freedom. In order to learn to live, we must learn to love. It is therefore necessary to distinguish: What can I do now that I am faced with this alternative?

Let it be a sign of greater love, and greater maturity in love. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us! Let’s pray to God every day, especially when we have choices to make. (Translation: Francesco Balloni)


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