Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Corinthians 8:1-9
It is interesting that generosity does not depend on a wealth of possessions or even a good income. St. Paul in noting the ‘severe ordeal of affliction’ of the Macedonian Christians, couples their suffering with the statement, ‘their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.’ A homeless member of our family corroborates this; he is one of the most generous individuals I have known, in spirit, in gift and in deed. In my own times of suffering, will I grasp to myself everything I can hold on to, or will I drink deeply of joy and become very generous with my own time, talent and treasure? Holy Spirit of God, teach me to be wealthy in generosity.
We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see – we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. IICorinthians 6:8-10
What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.
Hans Urs von Balthaser
Soli gloriam dei.
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.