Daily Reflection for Wednesday, August 10 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Responsorial: Psalms 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9
Gospel: John 12:24-26
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” Jn 12:46
When I was little, our Catholic parish had offertory envelopes for children to donate part of their allowance to the church. Not ever receiving an allowance (we did chores as was expected of each family member), that did not mean much to me at the time. But now that I have raised a few kids, teaching the concept of tithing has been an important part of our family over the years, whether it be money or gifts (i.e., talents) to the church.
I helped organize a Stewardship Committee-led retreat this past winter for our parish where the speaker, Fr. Michael Troya, presented on the four pillars of stewardship: hospitality, prayer, formation, and service. This event helped our parish gain a basic understanding of what stewardship is (and is NOT!) and why it is important in our Catholic faith.
Our parish was blessed to have another speaker in May, Fr. Ron Hoy, for our parish mission. His words (summarized below) still stay with me:
“What does it mean to be a disciple? To recognize treasure and gifts we have been given and do something with them to the glory of God who gave them to us. Do not make excuses not to be a disciple!”
In today’s reading, Paul was encouraging the Corinthians to give to the growing church. The more they gave, the more the new church would grow and spread to other believers. And the benefit was not only to those receiving the gifts, because the givers were to grow spiritually through the process of giving! We become more Christlike when we give “without sadness or compulsion” and receive His abundant grace in doing so.
Spend some time today praying about what God is calling you to do with your time, talents, and treasure. And remember, do not make excuses not to be a disciple!
Encourage one another and build each other up,