December 15, 2017frjohnma

Readings: 2 Kings 4:8ff; Romans 6:3-4, 8-11; Matthew 10:37-42

Our readings today suggest for themselves themes like hospitality, generosity, commitment and charity.

When I was walking down the road last week for my exercise, I heard a man repeating this mantra to all those who passed by him: “Have you helped someone today besides yourself?” He was trying to raise money. For his Cause. But it got me thinking about giving. You need to give to get. Giving does begin the receiving process.

Give support to get it. Give praise to receive it. Give your best to attract it. Give more respect to experience it. And give more love to become beloved. (Powerful thought: if you make five people feel better about themselves each day, by the end of one year you will singlehandedly have elevated the lives of nearly 2,000 people. Continue this practice and – after a decade – you will have positively impacted 20,000 people. Factor in the number of people that those you touch, in turn, influence and you’ll quickly realise that your “little daily gestures of inspiration” can end up helping hundreds of thousands of human beings over the course of your lifetime.) GIVE TO GET is a nice refrain.

Scripture says, “Give, and it will be given to you: Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will men give unto you. For with the measure you use, it will be measured unto you” (Luke 6:38).

The fifth precept of the Church enjoins us to support our pastors.

The law of nature to be good: In the death of the seed, the plant grows.” It is only when the seed (like corn or bean) is thrown into the ground and dies, that the plant begins to grow and bears fruits (John 12:24)

Christianity today is the fruit of the blood of martyrs “The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christianity”

Human generosity will be rewarded by divine superabundance

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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