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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Giving Away God's Luxurious Love

"When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury." Lk 21:1

That everyone has something to give others is self evident to most of us. What is not obvious, however, is that our gifts, in a gospel context, are not for ourselves.  Each of us has been gifted by God for the sake of others.  We are part of a community, we are the body of Christ, and as a community of faith we can only be ourselves and function well when all the parts are playing their proper role.

The gospel today reminds us that there is no reason to fear. We should give from our substance, not just our excess. God is with us, will protect us and challenges us to trust no matter how anxious we might be about having enough for ourselves. When we not only share our money and property but our ideas, our creativity, and our lives, we live the fullness of the Gospel.

Today, rejoice in the luxury of God's love. Then give it away to whomever needs it.

Who has shared her or his "wealth" with you when you were most in need?

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