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August 10, 2018

St. Laurence, Deacon and Martyr

2 Cor 9:6-10

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.

As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Recognizing the gift

Trust. It’s one of those things that can’t be proven until it’s tried. And it’s awfully hard to trust that we’ll have everything we need when it feels like we’re going without. Often it comes down to expectations. What do we expect to receive? What should we expect to receive? If Jesus gave up his unlimited nature to enter into humanity and then lost his life on the cross, are we not called to surrender even the seemingly little we have into God’s care, to trust that God will take care of us? That doesn’t mean bankrupting ourselves for others, it means recognizing all that we have as gift, so that none of it is “deserved”, but rather all of it is “received.”

What am I holding onto as if it were my own, when in fact it is God’s gift to me to steward throughout this day?

—Ken Weber is interim director of University Ministry in the Office of Mission and Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans.

Prayer

Lord, grant me the grace to see all that I am and have as gifts from you, so that I can freely give them away when called on to do so.  Amen.

—Ken Weber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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August 10, 2018

St. Laurence, Deacon and Martyr

2 Cor 9:6-10

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.

As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Recognizing the gift

Trust. It’s one of those things that can’t be proven until it’s tried. And it’s awfully hard to trust that we’ll have everything we need when it feels like we’re going without. Often it comes down to expectations. What do we expect to receive? What should we expect to receive? If Jesus gave up his unlimited nature to enter into humanity and then lost his life on the cross, are we not called to surrender even the seemingly little we have into God’s care, to trust that God will take care of us? That doesn’t mean bankrupting ourselves for others, it means recognizing all that we have as gift, so that none of it is “deserved”, but rather all of it is “received.”

What am I holding onto as if it were my own, when in fact it is God’s gift to me to steward throughout this day?

—Ken Weber is interim director of University Ministry in the Office of Mission and Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans.

Prayer

Lord, grant me the grace to see all that I am and have as gifts from you, so that I can freely give them away when called on to do so.  Amen.

—Ken Weber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!