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Weekly Devotion: Echoes of Heaven

Mark 12: 43-44: “Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They call gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.’”

Matthew 24:30: “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.”

Reading through the Lent readings this week, there’s a couple things that stand out to me.

In Mark 12, the poor widow gave more than all the others because she gave everything she had to live on. I read verses like this and often wonder if we are called to literally give everything to God. What about food for my family and the kids’ education? Surely I’m not meant to go poor myself. This example may seem extreme but I think many of us struggle with choices like this. We struggle with integrity.

We feel stuck between two lives. Between the life we want to live vs the life we actually live. Between the life we read about in the Bible and the life we witness among other believers. Over time, we become adept at justifying our lifestyles and fit the Bible to meet our needs. Deep down, I think many of us feel uneasy with some of the choices we’ve made in life and we want more. We yearn to live the life as Jesus taught and lived, without any limitations and qualifications. We long to be whole.

Liturgies and habits like Lent remind us of such longings. They tell us that something is not right with the world because something is not right with us. The Lent readings such as Matthew 24 also point us to a time and place when all will be made whole. They point us to heaven.

I believe these same words are written in our hearts, which to me explains so clearly why we feel so dissatisfied with our earthly home and with our compromised lives. It gives me peace to know that I should not be at peace now. That life’s contradictions should cause us to mourn and move us to change, even a little bit at a time. The day that I stop listening to the whispers of the discontented heart is the day that I stop hearing the echoes of heaven.

I’m not sure if that comforts you but I hope it does. Our joys and our pains both point to the God who made us in his image and who also longs for us to come home.

Alex Lim