Do you remember last week’s Gospel? Today’s Epistle reading reminds us about the sower and his seeds. In Luke 8:5, the seed was the Word of God. Now, we have a chance to reflect on what that means for our life. What is our response to the many blessings God continues to give us? If we are sowers and spread the seeds so they may grow and provide fruit, how does that touch others’ lives? God has blessed us first with life, a loving family & home, and a church family where we grow together toward His Kingdom with the “Body of Christ” who are all the Christian faithful. Our Christian way of life and responses in our daily activities draws us and others closer to Christ, which produces even more thanksgiving to God!
In today’s Epistle reading, St. Paul beautifully expresses the full circle of God’s gifts and grace to humanity and the return of thanksgiving back to Him. The Epistle for today is posted here to remind us of his words.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Cheerful Giver
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Have you noticed notice how God has gifted us both with life and the natural capability to give? As icons of God, created in His image and likeness, we are already designed by God to give. It’s almost involuntary, and our choice really is how much to give. We read in today’s Epistle that the more or less we give, we will receive in the same proportion, and this is true in many parts of our life. In school, the more we invest in learning, the greater chance we make good grades and eventually succeed. In life, if we invest nothing, we will receive no profit. How about in Church or in relationships with others? I’ve noticed in my family life and as a parent, the more attention and time I spend with my children, the more they thrive and our relationship grows stronger. However, not only do they thrive, but indirectly I’m also thriving. When I join people from Church is serving the homeless each month, not only do those in need receive food and the God’s Good News for an evening, but I’m also pleased that I can share with others what God has given me in abundance. That results in more thanksgiving by all people involved, directed back toward God for all His rich blessings in our lives. I encourage you all to think about God’s many gifts in your life: your family, health, good jobs, food, free time, money. Please think about how you can be the sower, ultimately like God our Heavenly Father, and be a cheerful giver of your time to others. There are many opportunities to join your friends in serving the poor this November, both in providing food for one day at Interfaith and collecting clothes to share with those in need.