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Make Me Be Your Heart, O Lord

God will never be outdone in generosity. He pays you back and with much more — always.

Way back in college, one of my best friends introduced me to devotions that I still carry on today. He introduced me to the devotion to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the Señor Santo Niño de Cebú. He isn’t only generous in sharing on matters of faith, but also in giving time and material things. He comes from a rich Chinese family and was one of the few classmates blessed with a car while we were still studying, which he used willingly and graciously to serve others. Whenever our going home from school coincided, he would always offer to bring me home, no matter how out of the way it was. Knowing the burden of doing this, there were many times that I pretended to stay in the library even if it was already time to go, just so that he won’t be inconvenienced. That’s how this friend is so generous with everything he has, even while we were struggling students with futures still uncertain. Up to now, he remains a loyal, trustworthy and great friend to me and to our other brothers in the community.

In the Gospel (Mk. 12: 38-44), Jesus made a commentary to His disciples on the generosity of the poor widow, who gave everything that she had, compared to the rich people who gave from their excess wealth: 


Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

The poor widow’s gesture is a fine example of how deep her faith was. She gave up everything she had, without counting the costs to her tomorrow and livelihood. She was somebody who presumably lived “by the day” and fully trusted that God will provide for her every need day in and day out. We may not be told about her life, but we will likely infer that it was full of hardships.  

The path to discipleship always entails lots of challenges, trials and difficulties. Many times we question “why” we experienced certain happenings that required sacrifices and discomfort. Yet we know Jesus has told us that if we love Him, we have to carry our cross and follow Him. Following the Lord requires a tremendous amount of trust because the journey takes us into a lot of uncertainties and problems. These will require us to yield our comfort zones.  The fact is, we cannot say with certainty that we love God with everything that we are unless we trust Him — fully — just like the poor widow.

When we trust Him fully, there’s no more limit to our loving and caring because this is what God is: absolutely loving and genuinely caring. The difficulty may be that Jesus doesn’t set limits to how we love others. It is inclusive: it means loving including those who are difficult to love. There is no other perfect example than Christ Himself, who embraced suffering remarkably and absolutely in Calvary. He did this out of genuine love and obedience to the Father’s will. 

If it is so heavy to do, just be consoled that your dependence on God will help you, comfort you, and fix your brokenness. Just like the widow of Zarephath in the First Reading (1 Kgs. 17: 10-16), you can be assured that whatever kindness you share to others out of love, God will make sure that your “jar of flour will not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry”.

I’m grateful to the Lord for blessing me with great friends who are fellow pilgrims sharing themselves unselfishly in this life journey. While I don’t think I deserve God’s awesome generosity, He just won’t allow Himself to be outdone. I am also grateful to the humility and virtuousness of my parents and their families for God’s blessings and graces to flow through to us. Surely God isn’t outdone even up to now and still flowing!  

Let us pray that the Lord grant us the grace to be His heart in loving and caring for others. 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.’ (cf. Mt. 5:3)

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