You always have the most of everything – of faith, of eloquence, of understanding, of keenness for any cause, and the biggest share of our affection – so we expect you to put the most into this work of mercy too.
Remember how generous the Lord Jesus was: he was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. This does not mean that to give relief to others you ought to make things difficult for yourselves: it is a question of balancing what happens to be your surplus now against their present need, and one day they may have something to spare that will supply your own need.
That is how we strike a balance: as scripture says: The man who gathered much had none too much, the man who gathered little did not go short.
Second reading for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15
All is gift. Even what, now, is ours is not for us alone, but is ours for us to use for the common good.
- What helps you to be generous?
- What makes it more difficult?
Harvest of Grace. 12th C stone carving. All Saints, Billesley, Warwickshire.