Monday 22nd September – Monday of week 25 of the year
Reflection: Proverbs 3: 27-34
Beloved in Christ, our greatest treasure in life is the offering of ourselves to be used by God to bless and redeem others. Everything about us including our possessions can witness daily for Jesus. Asides from the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us which can minister healing, intercession and other charismatic gifts, our treasures: money, food, time, love etc. can be a medium of healing.
A hungry person in need of food can be ministered to by offering him food to meet is need, nothing is achieved by praying for providence for this person when we have the capacity to do that. Our hands must be wide open to give and to receive more from God. The light of Christ (Luke 8:16) in us must be active in showing others the way to the riches of Christ who supplies all our needs (Philippians 4:19). Every day of our lives, God desires us to be sensitive and not to delay any kind gesture to our neighbour. Let us be merciful by attending to the needs of others in their time of need. Just as St. Paul says in his letter; I am not trying to relieve others by putting a burden on you; but since you have plenty at this time, it is only fair that you should help those who are in need. Then when you are in need and they have plenty, they will help you. In this way both are treated equally (2 Corinthians 8:13-14).
Delaying our treasure to help others in turn delays God’s blessings for us (Proverbs 21:13). Let us be ready each day to help the needy with the good things we possess. Nobody would be in need if all can give or share cheerfully. All would be catered for and nobody would have to waste resources.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to give myself away and to be detached from my possessions so that you can use me to bless others. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 302 – How does one act justly?
One acts justly by always making sure to give to God and to one’s neighbor what is due to them.
HIDE A TREASURE: “If you refuse to listen to the cry of the poor, your own cry for help will not be heard” Proverbs 21:13 GNB
Readings for Today: Proverbs 3:27-34, Psalm 15: 2-5, Luke 8:16-18