Wednesday Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time
II Corinthians 9:6-11
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Today is my second favorite day of the year as we will have fifteen hours and thirty-two minutes of daylight. It is a day of great abundance! Do we take for granted our abundance in our lives? Do we know the abundance of living in paradise here in Parnell, the place that has the best sunrises and sunsets? Do we know the abundance of being able to worship God in this beautiful church? Our readings speak to us about living life in abundance.
In our first reading, St. Paul says, “We need to sow bountifully, because God is making every grace abundant for us, so that in all things, always having all we need, we may have an abundance for every good work.” Have we asked to know an abundance in our lives today?
In our Gospel Jesus is cautioning us not to live as a “hypocrite” who just play acts, but living in truth and abundance of God’s love. Jesus speaks about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, the three pillars of a disciple’s life. Do these well, and we will know a life of abundance. Jesus cautions us not to do these things wondering how we will feel after we are done. We do not do prayer, fasting, and almsgiving by how we feel; we do them well out of reverence for God.
We seek a life of abundance, and we do this by seeking God in all we do. It begins today, by knowing the abundance that God gives us in this Eucharist.