GIVE AND YOU WILL RECEIVE
- A story is told of a woman who had a wardrobe with several beautiful dresses of different colors, each in its original package from the store. They have never been won. Every now and then she opened the wardrobe, touches them slightly, admiring their beauty, that’s all.
- Why is she not wearing them? “They are too good to wear”, she says. If she wears them they can get torn or damaged. She is saving them because she loves them.
- You can’t imagine the feeling when a thief breaks into the house, and everything is stolen, including the dresses that she has been saving…
- May be the best way to appreciate the value, the beauty of anything is to put it into a good use.
- This is the logic of the Gospel: “Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Mt.16:25)
- That is what Abraham does in the first reading (Genesis 22). He gives or at least we can say, he is ready to give wholeheartedly his “Son Isaac”, his “only one”, “whom he loved”
- What is it that you love most?
- A farmer says; “I love these seeds. They are so beautiful, so precious, that I cannot dare bury them in the ground” – what is the outcome?
- On the contrary, Jesus tells us; “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (Jn.12:24)
- This is what God does too; “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all…” (In the second reading, Rom.8:32)
- Not that Jesus was of no value before God, no. We have just heard in the Gospel; “This is my beloved Son” (Mk 9:7). In fact, He is the only Son of the Father. This is similar to the story of Abraham we read in the first reading; “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love,… and offer him” (Gen.22:2)
- The transfiguration points to the glory awaiting me and you but only after we finish our journey here on earth. How? – by giving, offering, pouring, using…
- May we never forget the criteria of our judgment: Matthew 25:40 “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” And Matthew 25:45 “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”
- What else are we to give? Read Luke 6:37-38 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
- It makes more sense to share than to accumulate, to strengthen the good life of everyone, than to seek the individual good. What do we take with us when we leave this Earth? Only our spiritual capital. Our material capital remains.
- In the famous St. Francis Prayer we truly say; “It is by giving that we receive”, somehow similar to Acts 20:35 “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL
Fr. Kilasara Engelbert C.P