Thursday August 10
God loves a cheerful giver.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-10
  • Psalm 112:1-2,5-9
  • John 12:24-26

Today’s readings are about giving with no reservations, to the extent of total denial of one’s life. The life of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr, whom we honour today is a true witness to this selfless giving our Lord is trying to explain to us. As individuals, we are blessed with a variety of gifts and talents. Even if we feel so plain and ordinary, there is something special hidden underneath the simple exterior, only if we take time to dig deep. For St. Lawrence, it was his generous heart, his compassion towards the poor and needy, his strong conviction to what he believed in. He never hesitated to put his gift into practice, even if it resulted in suffering. God honoured him by crowning him a saint; one we can turn to for sure intercession in the hour of our need. What is my own special gift from God? Do I use it often enough for the glory of God? Do I use it for the benefit of others as God has intended it to be? Our Lord reminds us that the more we give of ourselves, the more we receive, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Prayer: Abba Father, bless us with a generous heart, that delights in giving. Amen.

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