Friday of the 18th Week
II Corinthians 9:6-10
St. Lawrence Deacon and Martyr
Today is a big day. It is a most important day because we are going to learn so much. It should be a red letter day on all of our calendars. Why? Because of tonight at 10:30, the Detroit Lions will play the Oakland Raiders in pre-season football, and all those players who have been practicing and working out will find out if they make the team. There will be a lot of players on the sidelines, but that is where they do not want to be, they want to get into the game and show what they can do to make the team. There is no sitting on the sidelines for us either as our readings today challenges us to get in the game.
As we celebrate the Feast day of St. Lawrence, he shows what we need to do to get off the sidelines and to get into the game.
In our first reading, St. Paul tells the early church what they must do to get into the game when he says, “God loves a cheerful giver.” Why do we give? We do not give our surplus; we give from our bounty! We give our time, treasure and talent out of our blessing that God has given us.
In our Gospel, Jesus tells us how to stay in the game as he says, “We need to be like the grain of wheat that needs to die and fall to the ground to produce much fruit.”
As we gather on this day, we need to stay in the game, and we do this by being generous with our time, talent, and treasure. St. Lawrence gave his life in generosity to others. May we give generously in the name of Jesus Christ.