June 06, 2009

Give All

Today's Gospel reading from St. Mark is the Parable of the Poor Widow. Jesus praises the Widow because, unlike the wealthy who give to the Treasury from their surplus, the Widow gives everything she has from her poverty.

Folks who study taxation could see this Parable as a fine commentary on unjust taxes. An equivalent tax rate can end up hurting the poor more than the wealthy because the poor just don't have as much to spare. A little to someone getting by, can feel like a lot.

But, like all of Jesus' Parables there is a deeper meaning possible.

Christians should give all they have to God. Not just money, but yourself. Your day. Your whole life.

It is not enough to give God your surplus time. You need to make time. You need to always have time for God. You may need to sacrifice attendance at a sporting event, or a concert, or with your family to give the Lord. Give back what He has given you. All that you have, no matter how humble, was a gift from Him. How much would you give Him in return? How could you ever repay such an enormous debt? In our humility, we have to, at least, try.

We all make excuses. I don't have time for prayer. I don't have time to go to Mass. I don't have time to read the Bible.

We fit the Lord in around our schedule. The Lord should BE the schedule.

Without making time for the Lord, we have made ourselves poor. The Widow possessed the true secret of wealth. She gave all.


Blogger Angela M. said...

Truer words were never spoken!

June 06, 2009 8:44 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Speaking of giving all... I don't know if any of you follow a blog called de cura animarum, but there's some awfully good news on it today:



June 07, 2009 9:04 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Bede: Wow! That's tremendous. I gave it a shout out on my Twitter feed giving you credit for the heads up!

June 07, 2009 12:01 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I live to serve! This includes tea and scones... which sounds awfully nice on a cold, cloudy June afternoon!


June 07, 2009 1:40 PM  
Blogger Pablo said...

....Without making time for the Lord, we have made ourselves poor. The Widow possessed the true secret of wealth. She gave all.....

Pretty good.

I was doing something to put on my web site for the helping of souls. I needed to have certain people come in and pray the Holy Rosary in Spanish. I set about meeting the guy to do the recording. His price, $250.00 per hour. Our cost? $20.00. He isn't Catholic, but wanted to make our Mother happy.

On the day of the first recording, a small but mighty handful of people showed up. All with ties back to Mexico City; ties to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Devil tried, we just ignored.

My point is this; If you give your all, it includes your soul, not just your 'stuff'. When the Lord uses you as an instrument of His peace, you will be amazed at who shows up.

May God be glorified.

June 07, 2009 10:51 PM  

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