Monday 23 February 2015

Tuesday of Week 8 Year 1

Some of us are quite calculative with the money, talent or time we have. We seem to expect others to do many things for us, but we seem to be quite stingy when it comes to us giving to others. I have seen people demanding so many things from the church, but when asked to help out or donate some wealth or their time, these people would make all sorts of excuses or try to pass the task or responsibility to others. Some of these people so easily make suggestions or make demands, but when asked to be involved in carrying out such suggestions or demands for the betterment of all, they seem to shy away or try to change the topic. It seems as if these people are more than willing to take or receive, but are quite hesitant or reluctant to offer or give.

But today's reading is a contrast of how some of us behave towards our time, our wealth and our capabilities. The reading tells us: "Honour the Lord with generosity, do not stint the first-fruits you bring. Add a smiling face to all your gifts, and be cheerful as you dedicate your tithes. Give to the Most High as he has given to you, generously as your means can afford; for the Lord is a good rewarder, he will reward you seven times over." When we are generous in giving, the reading assures us that God will reward us even more than what we have given. Instead of being reluctant in giving, instead of having a sour or monkey face when we give, let us be cheerful and happy, for the Lord has blessed us with many things and abilities. Do we not appreciate and are thankful with what God has given us and are we not willing to share such gifts and abilities with others?

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