Carl Lora, Little Whispers

Sincerely, Me

First Reading
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Beloved:
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
who will judge the living and the dead,
and by his appearing and his kingly power:
proclaim the word;
be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.
For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine
but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity,
will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth
and will be diverted to myths.
But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances;
put up with hardship;
perform the work of an evangelist;
fulfill your ministry.
For I am already being poured out like a libation,
and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well;
I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 71:8-9, 14-15AB, 16-17, 22
R. (see 15ab)  I will sing of your salvation.
My mouth shall be filled with your praise,
with your glory day by day.
Cast me not off in my old age;
as my strength fails, forsake me not.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
But I will always hope
and praise you ever more and more.
My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
I will treat of the mighty works of the Lord;
O God, I will tell of your singular justice.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
So will I give you thanks with music on the lyre,
for your faithfulness, O my God!
I will sing your praises with the harp,
O Holy One of Israel!
R. I will sing of your salvation.

Gospel
Mark 12:38-44
In the course of his teaching Jesus said,
“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext,
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation.”

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
“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.”


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“For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mark 12:44)

REFLECTION
Watching the news everyday, I can’t help but feel disheartened by all the things happening around me. I can’t resist thinking of how much pain these people have to go through as they experience severe setbacks in their lives. I feel frustrated as I come to my senses that I may not have enough means to help these people.

Today, God reminds us in the Gospel that sparking change does not necessarily require a great amount of material possessions. Out of humility and sincerity, the woman at the synagogue who had only two pieces of coins in her pocket offered what she had as a form of contribution. Jesus affirmed this woman’s humble and sincere act, as comparing it to that of the scribes, she did this out of great love and sacrifice. Jesus saw through her heart, seeing that she had nothing but pure intentions.

In the same way, in times that we feel like we have no means to help others and to do impactful things, Jesus reminds us that things like these do not always require material things. It is our initiative, our grit, and our sincerity that will spark the change, and not merely what we have at hand. To further illustrate things, during a chaotic time caused by the pandemic and social injustices, simple acts such as speaking up and lending a hand will already go a long way.

To end, I’d like to remind everyone of this quote from Mother Theresa: “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” Either we be financially, intellectually, or spiritually blessed, we must use such gifts to be able to impact the lives of others even in our own little way.

Prayer
Dear God, I thank you for blessing me may it be financially, intellectually, or even spiritually. Teach me how to use what I have to do meaningful things not only for myself but also for others. Guide me each that I may understand what it truly means to “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” Amen.

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