Womanly heart, Manly courage

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Wednesday, Week XXXIII, Year I, 20 November 2019

2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31 ><)))*> <*(((>< Luke 19:11-28

Candle and ordo in our sacristy, 17 November 2019.

Today’s first reading is very interesting, Lord, especially that part describing the disposition of the mother of the seven Maccabean brothers facing execution:

Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage, she exhorted each of them in the language of their forefathers…

2 Maccabees 7:21

I really wonder the meaning of “womanly heart with manly courage” but something tells me it is exactly what we need these days.

A womanly heart is a faithful heart, like a mother who would never forsake her child (Is. 49:15). It is a heart willing to bear all pains in life, suffering in silence, totally empty for the beloved and filled with God.

In this age of “instants” where lines are always moved to accommodate our whims and selfish desires, we need a womanly heart that is rooted and inclined to you O God.

Like the mother of the Maccabean brothers, she freely gave up her sons and exhorted them to look more intently to you, God, than to her herself, insisting that in the end, we are all answerable to you alone, O Lord.

Our sacristy table, 17 November 2019.

Manly courage, on the other hand, Lord is perhaps our ability to muster our strength to be truthful about our very selves.

It is something that still pertains to the heart because the word “courage” is from “cor” or heart.

A manly heart is a sincere heart that gallantly accepts one’s limitations than pretend to be somebody else.

In our suffocating world of social media where everybody is blowing out of proportion everything including one’s self, it is very ironic that while everybody claims to be the best, the more our lives are in a mess.

Like those servants in your parable, O Lord, grant us a manly heart so we may graciously accept our role and mission in this life to please you than pretend to be somebody else who really has nothing at all. Amen.

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