Today’s Gospel: Luke 6:27-38
I had a friend who repeatedly admired a medieval-looking necklace that my mother had given me. It was a “cross patty” in jewels of brown and green that hung on a set of three leather thongs. At some point, I felt strongly that the Holy Spirit wanted me to give it to her. The necklace was beautiful; I loved it; my mother had given it to me. I refused.
Morning prayer became a struggle over that pretty necklace: I felt the Holy Spirit ask me if I would give it to her, but I didn’t want to.
I finally prayed, “I don’t want to, but I know You want me to, so if you’ll make me want to, I will.” I eventually wrapped it in birthday paper and gave it away, dreading to ever see it draped on her neck. Within the week, I experienced the most incredible spiritual breakthrough, and I suddenly understood exactly why the Holy Spirit was so intent on drawing me to that little sacrifice.
This Gospel reading is my favorite principle in Christianity. Dear One, I have experienced this truth: you cannot out-give God. In fact, I dare you to try. If you are prompted, give something you love away, even to a stranger. Risk big, and watch what God does.
Do I need to forgive someone who hurt me deeply? What would happen if I did?
Lord, show me where I can give something I love away. Help me to risk it. Thank you for giving me Your Son.
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Copyright 2015 Sonja Corbitt
Sonja Corbitt is a member of the Catholic Vitamins Podcast Team. She is a growing voice of Scriptural Evangelization, speaking at conferences and in parishes around the country. Sonja can be found at her website www.pursuingthesummit.com.