Wednesday, June 17, 2015

2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Psalm 112:1-4, 9, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18


2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Psalm 112:1-4, 9, 
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

My Beloved, every Christian is challenged to imitate you in generosity. You love those who give joyously, promptly, willingly and generously. It is in Your nature to give back not measure for measure but full, shaken together and running over. The more we give of what we have freely received of time, talents, love, patience, kindness, forgiveness and all the other virtues, the more we will receive of all we have given; and over and above what we never anticipated or expected.  

Kindness and generosity to the poor, the marginalized, the outcast, those whom the world prefers to ignore and forget will be rewarded abundantly, for You consider any kindness we do as done to Yourself.

Every Christian living the Christian faith in all its richness and perfection gives glory to You on earth.

Psalm 112:1-4, 9

St. Paul echoes what the psalmist has said in the verses of this Psalm.

Those who love You and fear You will gladly obey your command to love. You in turn will look kindly and bless them and their children. You will bless us and pour grace upon grace upon us. When we train ourselves to live always according to your will in all circumstances we will teach others do do the same. The genuine practice of our faith is a powerful witness to those who seek Truth. No one can bless and reward as magnificently as You.

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

My Beloved, You who are the Son of the Living God, taught us by example how to be humble. Your whole life was a study in humility. Beginning with the Incarnation, and until your death and final burial in the sepulcher, You never missed an opportunity to practice humility. You were not afraid to call out and put down the proud, the haughty and the hypocrite with the harshest possible words. You were stern with those who chose to lord it over the less fortunate and who made a show of their piety and generosity.

In these verses You make plain to us what is pleasing to God. We are called to live holy, righteous lives following God's command to love, pray, fast and give alms quietly and unobtrusively, without calling attention to ourselves or to our actions.

Whatever we do must done in secret so no one but God sees and He will reward us as only He can - magnificently, always.

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