If you read today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 6, you might think it is Ash Wednesday. It’s not, but this is the exact same reading we hear every Ash Wednesday. Jesus teaches about the three pillars of Lent - almsgiving, prayer and fasting.
In today’s first reading from 2 Corinthians 9, we see what may be one of the most well-known passages in Scripture – “for God loves a cheerful giver.” (I suspect your pastor and the folks at your diocesan stewardship office have shared that passage with you.) Have you ever read what comes after that, though? “The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.”
My bride always likes to remind me that God cannot be outdone in generosity. One of her favorite sayings is, "You can't outgive God." In other words, the more we give, the more God supplies. This often has nothing to do with money. When we bless others, God will pour out blessing upon blessing to us. Try it. It never fails.
Father, help us to be generous. We thank you for always supplying blessings to us when we share our blessings with others. Amen.
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