Why be a giver?
You might be thinking, “Why should I part with my hard earned money and give it to someone else? No one’s done any favors for me?” The short answer is that you do it because Jesus commanded you to when He said “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). How can you love your neighbor as yourself, if you allow your neighbor to do without while you live comfortably? You, in essence, love yourself more than your neighbor.
We are all in this together. We are all on the same journey, heading hopefully to the same place – eternal life with Christ. Are you ready to stand before Christ for your particular judgment and answer these questions?
- When did you feed Me?
- When did you clothe Me?
- When did you give Me something to drink?
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40). Remember, the Divine Indwelling of Father, Son and Holy Spirit lives within each and every one of us; even the down-trodden and poor! This should give you enough reason to embrace Munificence.
Be a giver!
Give from your wealth to alleviate the suffering of the poor. Make a positive difference in the lives of others, who are unable to help themselves. At the same time, this reflection should give you a reason to acknowledge the merit of poverty for yourself regarding eternal life. When you stand before Christ for your own particular judgment, you will be just like your down-trodden and poor brother from this world. We will all need to answer the same questions. What will be your answer?
What are some practical ways that we can practice munificence? We’ll address the answer to that question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!