On Asking & Giving

Mt.-Carmel

Finally, I was able to hurdle the stairs going to the miraculous site of Our Lady of Mediatrix & Grace at Mt. Carmel in Lipa, Batangas.

 

How many of us would appreciate a simple encounter, a smile from a stranger, a pat in the back or the smell of the flowers along the road? A humbling experience that makes you beam with hope.

When I attended the Holy Mass last Sunday at the Parish of Mary Magdalene in Amadeo, Cavite, a young girl approached me and asked for a fifteen pesos (Php 15) to buy a food for her siblings. Of all the people in the church, she saw a tall cancer conqueror with a face mask on. I don’t know why but the small girl taught me a big lesson about asking and giving.

I was afraid to ask for things that I deserved but later on I realized that whatever you need will not be given to you if you don’t ask. I needed to communicate more in order for me to get what I wanted.

The little girl slapped me with a realization that she was helpless and needed someone to cling on. Someone that can help them live another day. There’s no problem in asking, you just have to do it.

Being diagnosed with a big ‘C’, I experienced that people are genuinely open in making a difference in the lives of others. I was grateful that I am surrounded with kindhearted individuals who gave generously their time and treasure.

I was fortunate that God blessed me more than what I deserve. He knows my needs. Like what He said:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future full of hope.”- Jeremiah 29:11

In one of the reflection of Mark Giszczak, he mentioned:

….is not just about assuaging our anxieties about the future, but about the growth and restoration of our own relationships with God.

Indeed my healing journey brought me back to a deeper relationship with God. He gave me another chance.

 

This Lenten season, my wife and I attended the Visita Iglesia 2016 with our family and friends. We visited the old churches in Batangas. The edifice was a glaring manifestation of God’s love through the years.

 

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The beautiful façade of Basilica of St. Martin of Tours in Taal, Batangas.

 

The Basilica of St. Martin of Tours in Taal was a beautiful masterpiece of God. It was dubbed as the largest Catholic Church in Asia; one astounding landmark that sits atop a hill right at the center of the town.

 

The church for me was God’s manifestation of giving. It was a remembrance of His undying love for everyone.

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The magnificent altar of Basilica of St. Martin of Tours.

 

 

If you’ll have a chance, please visit the church and give yourself an opportunity to breathe history at its best.

 

Whatever trials and challenges you experience right now, ask the Lord for guidance and give more of yourself in serving Him in whatever way.

 

Most of the time, we need a young girl to remind us about this bible verse:

 

“Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8

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