Scripture Reading: Luke 6:38
The Scripture says, “Give and it will be given to you; a good measure, pressed down, shake-up, and running over will be poured into your lap.” (Lk.6:38). Dear friend in Christ, this is the secret of unlocking the door to plentiful, bountiful and rich harvests. Truly, the more we give generously or carry out works of charity, the more the store house of the Lord is opened unto us.
The widow of Zarephath was blessed because she was generous to Prophet Elijah. Abraham’s encounter with the Angels of God comes to heart also. He was kind and generous to them; and God showered his blessings upon his family in no distant time. The Scripture says “Keep on loving one another as Christians. Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it.” (Heb.13:1-2).
When you give, you attract two blessings: the earthly and the heavenly blessings. With the earthly blessings, you are blessed more than the commensurate or measure you have been generous with. “Give and it will be given to you; a good measure pressed down, shake -up, and running over will be poured into your lap.”You may think that the measure you give is just the measure you will receive. No, listen to the Psalmist, “Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive; they are happy in the land. God do not give them up to the will of their enemies. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed in their illness the Lord heals all their infirmities” (Psalm 41:1-3).What a wonderful promise of God for all who give generously. Paul urges us therefore thus: “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver….” (2 Cor. 9:7-9).
Fr. Clifford Stevens says, Saints are never wrapped up in themselves and God that they forget others. Their very love of God makes them kind and compassionate, and even sweet and gentle”. St. Francis of Assisi concludes thus:“It is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
MASS: WHITEIs 41: 13-20; Ps 145: 1 and 9. 10-11. 12-13ab (R.8);Mt 11: 11-15 ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS, P, DR M, 2ND SUNDAY OF THE ADVENT
1. Take this song: “You came from heaven to earth to show the way…” (2x)
2. Pray seriously: Lord, fill my Cup unto the Fullest… May my cup of sorrows run dry and be destroyed. May my hand be filled with the cup of blessings and divine providence.
3. Say to the Lord, “Grant me the grace to be generous to You and my fellow brethren. Instil in me the grace to see you present in the lives of others and be moved to help their situations with the help I have received from You.”
Exercise: Do charity to somebody as the Spirit directs you this day.
Meditation: Deut. 15:10