Prayer and Generosity

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n the first reading today, we begin a few days in the book of Proverbs, a book that is full of short verses that contain the wisdom of the ages. Much of the book is attributed to Solomon, the wisest man ever to live. In the Gospel reading from Luke 8 Jesus tells us that, in the end, all will be known. We cannot hide any of our deeds from God.

You could take just about any verse from Proverbs and meditate on it day and night. One in today’s reading has always been particularly poignant to me. “Say not to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give,’ when you can give at once.” I struggle with this often. It seems that so many people and organizations are in need – the parish, the diocese, the organization that feeds the poor, the beggar on the street corner. Everybody needs a hand! But, Lord, you know my resources are limited!

These are the times when prayer is essential. I think that the Holy Spirt will guide us in these decisions. I have made spur of the moment donations before when I felt a stirring in my heart. And other times, I have turned my back on those in need. Sometimes I feel guilt about that. But I don’t think that is what God wants. He wants us to do His will. And the only way to know His will is to ask. So pray and, if you’re doing the best you can, don’t worry. God appreciates the effort!

Father, thank you for guiding us in our stewardship. Give us the grace to be as generous as possible. And show us how we can best accomplish Your will. Amen.

Today’s Readings


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