Monday, March 9, 2009

Don't be Stingy with God

Today's Gospel(Lk.6:36-38) is one of my favorites because of the image Jesus uses in verse 38 "Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap". Do you have the image?

It's the "heaping teaspoon". Some one asks to borrow a cup of flour, are you one who just pours the flour into the cup and levels it off at 'exactly' one cup? Or are you someone who pours the flour into the cup, tamps it down, shakes it down more, and then fills it all over again until the cup is overflowing its the brim? One is stingy and the other generous but both give the requested cup of flour.

All this Jesus places in the context of "judging", "condemning",and forgiveness. As usual with Jesus he challenges us "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful".

I like that "heaping" notion of God's mercy!

God bless you!

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