Tuesday 14th April – Tuesday of the 2nd week of Eastertide
Reflection: Acts 4: 32-37
CUSTODIAN OF GOD’S TREASURES
“Fingers are not equal” goes a popular saying. Though we all bear equal dignity as people created in the image and likeness of God, we certainly do not share equal opportunities and privileges in life. Fortune smiles on us to different degrees, as our success in life is not solely dependent on hard work. A proper understanding of the purpose of wealth only comes with its acknowledgement as God’s benevolence. Otherwise, man becomes egocentric, self centered and greedy.
Dear friend, there is much for us Christians of today to learn from the spiritual maturity of the early believers. Today’s first reading presents us with an uncommon demonstration of love and solidarity amongst them: “the whole group of believers was united, heart and soul, no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common. None of their members was ever in want.” (Acts 4:32, 34). They were sensitive to the needs of one another. They saw themselves as stewards; custodians of the treasures given to them by God and were ready to part with them for the good of their brothers and sisters. Little wonder they experienced the great power of God (Acts 4: 33; 5:12).
Beloved, how sensitive are you to the needs of your brothers and sisters in the Lord? Does our claim to be one family in Christ really go beyond mere words? None of us should claim not to have something to share. It is not all about money or property; how about our time and talents? Genuine love seeks out ways to alleviate the needs of others. Let us remember, it is giving that we receive. The more we bless others, the more we are blessed.
PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from all selfish inclination and grant me a truly loving and liberal heart.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 131 – What must we do for the unity of Christians?
In word and deed we must obey Christ, who expressly wills “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21).
HIDE A TREASURE: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: Acts 4: 32-37; Psalm 93: 1-2, 5; John 3: 7-15