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October 20th Reflection

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Michah 6:8

God needs, perhaps even requires, us to have empathy: the ability to recognize and understand the feelings of others. Empathy is a way of viewing the world through God’s eyes, seeing the whole of creation as if we are present in and not separate from every part of God’s work. As we walk with God through our lives; let us act from the heart, the heart we share with God. Let us cultivate attitudes of justice, merciful kindness, and humility. God has shown us how to be good stewards to all of creation. Let us act when we recognize the opportunity to help build God’s kingdom on earth.

October 13th Reflection

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

What can I share of my time and resources? Do I live with fear of scarcity, thinking there is only so much and if I give, what I have will be lost? When is enough, enough for me? Instead, can I choose to live in a mindset of abundance? Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, reminds us to live generously from the hear; not through a sense of duty, not as a dues-paying member, but from our heart through prayerful discernment, trusting in God’s many blessings. As you ponder this reading, you are invited to discern your stewardship commitment to St. Luke’s and to give cheerfully as an act of faith, gratitude, and trust in God’s love.

October 6th Reflection

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, `What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, `Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.” 

Luke 12:13-21 

We all need things, even monks living in community. As with other scripture passages regarding treasure, we come away with a negative view about owning material things, thinking that we cannot be rich toward God and have possessions too. As Jesus reminds us it is not for us to arbitrate how others spend their money. Rather, each of us must prayerfully discern how to use the abundant gifts we have been given. Is the problem for the rich man in the story that he had an abundance of wealth or that he was focused only on himself and made no room for others or God in his life? How is God speaking to you in this scripture passage?  

September 29th Reflection

There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
 

…As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

1 Timothy 6:6-19
The reading from Timothy reminds us that attachment to possessions can bring anxiety, feeling burdened by what we’ve acquired. Have you ever missed out on spending a beautiful weekend with family and friends only to be spending your time cleaning out a garage or a closet to get rid of stuff that is no longer wanted, perhaps to make room for more? Will we ever have enough? Instead God wants us to know that he already provides everything we need for our enjoyment. Contentment lies not in our possessions but in God’s love Rather than store up treasures, let us express our gratitude for all of God’s gifts through our generosity towards others.

September 22nd Reflection

Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and follow carefully these decrees. Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress. Be joyful at your festival…For the Lord God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete. Three times a year…appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose…No one should appear before the Lord empty-handed: Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.
Deuteronomy 16:12-17
“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt.” God reminds his people where they came from and that He brought them to freedom. Slavery can exist in many forms, including consumerism and attachments to possessions; creating a “people weighed down.” Is gratitude and giving a way to escape the slavery of today’s culture of fear and scarcity? Can we choose the freedom of abundance and instead share the fruits of our harvest without worrying about whether there will be enough for tomorrow? After all, “It is easy to give away tomatoes in the summer.” God asks us to be joyful at the harvest festival in the knowledge that we will be blessed in our work and our harvest. All of us have something to give and to offer freely in proportion to our blessings. Find joy in celebrating God’s blessings!

 

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