Audio Readings June 2, 2015 Ordinary Time

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

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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