Sunday, November 25, 2018

Fr Peter Ireorji, MSP - Homily from Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

True love doesn’t calculate. It spends lavishly. Jesus drove this point home to his disciples while sitting in the temple and observing people offering their tithes Lk 21:1-4. Jesus praised a poor widow who gave the smallest of coins in contrast with the rich who gave greater sums. How can someone in poverty give more than someone who has ample means? Jesus’ answer is very simple: love is more precious than gold or wealth! Jesus taught that real giving must come from the heart. A gift that is given with a grudge or for display loses its value. But a gift given out of love, with a spirit of generosity and sacrifice, is precious. The amount or size of the gift doesn’t matter as much as the cost to the giver. The poor widow could have kept one of her coins, but instead she recklessly gave away all she had! What we have to offer may look very small and not worth much, but if we put all we have at the Lord’s disposal, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then God can do with it and with us what is beyond our reckoning. May you have a fruitful week. Shalom!

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