TRUE GENEROSITY

Sunday 8th November 2015- 32nd Sunday of the year

Reflection: Mark 12: 38-44

TRUE GENEROSITY

If we will enjoy the best from God, we must necessarily go beyond our selfish inclinations. Our natural inclination tells us to acquire, keep and consume, thinking that the more we have, the better secure we are and the happier we will be. However, experience has shown that true joy and satisfaction of heart does not consist in material acquisition or abundance of riches. Though many of us readily give reasons for our reluctance and sometimes failure to give, the stories of the poor widows in today’s first and gospel readings hold great lessons for us.

From the gospel reading, we see that true generosity is a function of the disposition of one’s heart and does not really depend on how much one has. More often than not, we give out of convenience with little or no sacrifice accompanying it. This obviously is not the way of Christ as seen in today’s second reading (Hebrews 9:24-28); Christ fully sacrificed himself that you and I may be redeemed. Beloved in Christ, what readily prevents you from being generous? Are they your present needs or concerns for future provisions? The account of Prophet Elijah and the widow at Sidon clearly shows us that our faithful Lord truly justifies the faith of His obedient children. True generosity demands faith that is grounded in sincere love of God and fellow men. It rids us of greed and leads us to a renewed experience of God’s supernatural provisions.

Dearest in Christ, none of us should consider himself or herself too poor to give. We all have something to share. Let us be generous with our talents and time; let us be generous in forgiveness and understanding. By this, we will know the joy of meaningful living as we follow in the footsteps of our selfless Saviour.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, fill me with a loving and generous heart. Please help me to walk in the way of self-renunciation. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 449- What significance do the poor have for Christians?

Love for the poor must be in every age the distinguishing mark of Christians. The poor deserve not just a few alms; they have a claim to justice. For Christians there is a special obligation to share their goods. Our example in love for the poor is Christ.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, press down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” Luke 6:38 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: 1 Kings 17: 10-16; Psalm 146: 6-10; Hebrews 9: 24-28; Mark 12: 38-44

GIVE CHEERFULLY

Tuesday 26th May – Memorial of St Philip Neri, Priest

Reflection: Sirach 35:1-12

GIVE CHEERFULLY

From time to time, telecommunication companies advertise a promotion with prizes worth millions of naira and attract many Nigerians to participate at a token. Hence, the company gains millions of Naira in the process of giving out some. The contemporary world understands that without giving we cannot truly possess anything. For what really belongs to us is what we give out to others rather than what we hold on to.

Christ tells us: “Give and it will be given to you, …good measure, pressed down, full and running over. For the measure you give will be the measure you receive back.” (Luke 6:38-39). This, He reminds Peter of in today’s gospel reading when Peter wondered what reward they would have for leaving everything to follow Him (Mark 10:28-31). Hannah gave up Samuel, her only child to the Lord in fulfilment of her promise. In return, God gave her five more children though she only asked for one (1Samuel 2:21).

Dear friend, realizing that our “God is a good rewarder who will reward us seven times over,” (Sirach 2:11) we are called to honour the Lord with generosity and not stint when we bring our gifts before the Lord. Give to the Lord as He has given to you, generously and cheerfully as your means can afford. Give to the Lord the best of your gifts in appreciation of His goodness to you and He will surely bless you more as He did for Hannah. Never think you are too young to give to God. Give the Lord your time, your treasure and your talents and you will lay up blessings for your life and future.

PRAYER: Lord, help me understand that it is in giving that I can receive and help me to be more generous with what you have given me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 488Why should we thank God?

Everything that we are and have comes from God. Paul says, “What have you that you did not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7). Being grateful to God, the giver of all good things, makes you happy.

HIDE A TREASURE: “What have you that you have not received? And if you received it, why are you so proud, as If you did not receive it” 1 Corinthians 4:7 CCB

Today’s Readings: Sirach 35:2-15, Psalm 50: 5-8, 14, 23, Mark 10: 28-31