Monday, August 10, 2009

Generosity in Hard Times

This was the first reading for this morning (August 10th):

Reading 1
2 Cor 9:6-10

Brothers and sisters:
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,
so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work.
As it is written:

He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.


It's a good reminder to be generous even in these hard times. Maybe it is all the more important in the present economic situation. So many people are hurting that selfishness simply cannot be defended. As Beth Dotson Brown wrote in today's reflection for Living Faith: "God's word reminds us of a reward beyond our present circumstances." We need to give without counting the cost. We need to help all those we possibly can and trust that God will provide for us.

1 comment:

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I have found that the more we give away, the more God provides, often overfulfilling the plan. For those of few means, giving does not have to be financial, and when it is financial, sometimes a little goes a long ways. As in yesterday, when a lady on the street needed money for some food. I had only two one-dollar bills in the car and nothing on my person. I went and got them for you, and she was quite grateful. She had a dog with her. Grocery prices have fallen. She could get a meal for the deal and a hot dog or hamburger for herself with those two dollars, and if someone else gave another dollar she could get a drink. Simple gifts for simple needs -- and sometimes a handshake, a look in the eye, a short conversation, or any other recognition that a person is important is also a form of generosity (and that is true in hard times or not).