Feast of Saint Lawrence – 2 Cor 9:6-10; Psalm 111: 1-2,5-9; John 12:24-26
Sacrifice is not an abstract idea, and yet it seems incomprehensible. Let’s not deceive ourselves: generosity means giving something of yourself. It all looks very nice while our “wallet” of time, strength and money is bursting at the seams, and giving fills us with pride. However, what if we die, quite literally, in a thousand ways, and what’s more important, not necessarily in the form I would want for myself . . . ?
So, our generosity must have in it something of “our own way”, after all Scripture teaches that it is to be to the measure of our unforced heart. No, our generosity is not an easy slice of bread – if we develop the metaphor of the grain of wheat.
So, maybe we shouldn’t pigeonhole too easily by judging miserliness and consumerism. Maybe, therefore, be grateful more often for the grace of generosity.
Lord Jesus, Your life is a gift from beginning to end and brings us the everlasting plan of our salvation. Together with You I want to give of my life to others.