Thursday, Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time
II Corinthians 9:6-10
John 12: 24 -26
We all like to be in control of our lives, but for young parents, they will do well if they learn to learn when children come along they are no longer in charge, but their child is. It is a constant cycle of sleep, eat, play, and having a bowel movement. That cycle never changes! Parents do well to learn quickly that they have to die to their selves to give to their children. Our readings today are about being a generous and happy giver.
In our first reading St. Paul asked the question, “Are we sowing seeds sparingly, or are we sowing seeds generously?” He follows this up with, “God loves a cheerful giver.” St. Paul gives us a spiritual truth by letting us know that God supplies us with everything we need to reap a bountiful harvest.
In our Gospel, we hear that a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die to be able to produce much fruit. Young parents and we are reminded of this all the time, but do it we do it well?
St. Lawrence knew the truth about our teaching today. May we in this Eucharist learn like he did to give of ourselves generously in the name of Jesus Christ.