First Reading: 2Cor 11:18. 21-30; Psalm: 34. R. 18b; Gospel: Mt 6:19-23
FR VALENTINE NNAMDI EGBUONU, MSP
The humongous appetite of man to acquire his desired wants is a drive we see in our daily activities. We work so hard every day to get some money and every wise man would want to spend his income wisely. Often we prefer to invest our monies and saving rather than spend them extravagantly. This is a wise thing to do and God is not against it. In fact, hard work is a divine injunction.
But there is something more we are required to do and this is what Jesus asks of us today. Aside our hard work and commitments; Jesus wants us to learn contentment. And contentment means being thankful for what we have received and not reluctant or scared to give those who do not have. In the earthly manual, we receive and hoard in order to get richer. But in the spiritual manual we invest in heaven by our generous giving.
So, as we work hard daily to meet our wants and needs, we should not overlook the needs of those around us. God has blessed us with the little we have so that we can in turn bless those who do not have. Presently, we may enjoy the benefits of earthly investments or hoarding of wealth. But what becomes our benefit when we leave these things behind? Wouldn’t it be rather safe for us to also invest for the afterlife by our kindness and generosity? Heavenly investment is also not all about monetary generosity but ultimately the generosity of love which everyone around us should feel in our words and deeds.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, purify the intentions of our hearts. Amen.