Tobit 2:9-14;Psalm 112:1-2, 7-9;Mark 12:13-17
Saints Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs
Lavishly he gives to the poor. (Psalm 112:9)
Have you ever arrived home after a long day, feeling completely worn out? You want nothing more than to relax and unwind in a nice, warm bath—to let all the stress from the day wash right off of you.
It may not seem obvious at first, but this is one way to think about the lavishness with which the just person treats the poor. After all, the word “lavish” has its roots in the Latin word lavare, which means “to wash.” According to today’s psalm, those who fear the Lord are so generous that they literally shower the poor with all they need.
In one sense, we are all poor. We are all wounded by sin, and we all live in a fallen world. But it’s precisely because we are poor that Jesus is so lavish toward us. Think of how he showers you with mercy every time you confess your sins. Think of the immeasurable wealth of wisdom available to you through the Scriptures and the Church’s teachings. Think of the rich feast that is laid for you at the altar every time you celebrate the Eucharist. Day by day, minute by minute, the Holy Spirit is offering you an abundance of wisdom, insights, and guidance. So much refreshment, so many riches. And they’re all for you!
Of course, all these lavish gifts aren’t meant just for you. One of the reasons why God is so generous is because he wants you to become generous as well. What else can you do with such abundance? You don’t have the room to keep it all to yourself! That’s why this psalm talks about how generous are those who fear the Lord. Everyone who has tasted of his goodness can’t help but share that goodness with everyone else.
As you end your prayer today, take a piece of paper, write the word “lavish” on it, and put it in your pocket. Let it remind you of Jesus’ generosity toward you, and let it remind you to be just as generous with the people around you.
“Thank you, Lord, for showering me with your grace. Give me a generous heart.”~WAU