Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.” Acts 3:6
It was a great disappointment that i gave in to my weakness on Good Friday. Fasting was totally deleted as i hesitantly (with guilt that almost choked me), downloaded that salmon carpaccio and tonno. thanks to vapiano. being in an Islamic country is not an excuse. In fact, there are no excuses at all. The Muslims fast for forty days during Ramadan and I cannot, even for just one day. Shame on me! God forgive me.
Yes I know if I prayed hard enough, He will. And maybe i can forgive myself too. But not before I could sincerely ask for His forgiveness, do penance and make up for the grave sin that I committed.
So how do i do that? I need the Helper, the Holy Spirit to get me through this. Grace to sincerely ask for forgiveness. Humility to do penance. And charity to make up. All these three, I need. Big time.
The first two is between my God and me. The third, I had to reach out to my brothers and sisters. Be generous and kind.
There is a grave misconception about the word charity for me, that charity is an exclusive exercise for the rich. So that it becomes synonymous with letting go of material wealth or possessions. Until I took into heart what Peter said.
I was waiting to get rich to be charitable and generous. But i realized that even if I am not, I will never ran out of opportunities to be kind and giving.
My cup of blessings are full and overflowing. And so does yours. It may not be quantified with monetary value. But our cups are never empty.
In the same way, that the recipients of charity should be restricted only to those who need money or things. There is another class of poor in our midst. There are those who may have all the riches in the world, but think they have no more reason to live for.
Even those who are in dire need of someone who will listen in times of distress. Who will lend a hand in moments of weakness. Who will offer a smile when the whole world frowns upon him. Rich or not, we need others to fill in a void in our lives.
God sends us to fill in that void. Let us be that angel. Let us be that someone. Let us be that friend. Because if there is anything that we will not be short of, it is ourselves. we will always have something to give. Because the Lord fills up our cup. And refills it each time we pour ourselves to others.