2Corinthians 9:6-10; Psalm 112; John 12:24-26
“Do not forget: thin sowing means thin reaping; the more you sow, the more you reap. Each one should give what he has decided in his own mind, not grudgingly or because he is made to, for God loves a cheerful giver.“ With these words Paul encourages us to give cheerfully not grudgingly. Are there people that give cheerfully? Yes! Are there people that give grudgingly? Yes! Where do you belong? Men with deep faith give without counting the cost; they give not because they will receive something in return. They give because there is a God. Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Lawrence. He was a lover of the poor, he lived a fruitful life and a generous life and offered his life to God in Martyrdom. He was generous with all he had including his life. Today’s gospel says “unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.” Beloved, unless we die to the ways of this life we cannot yield a rich harvest. If we don’t kill greed we shall be lost forever. What is man without eternal life? Lawrence lost his earthly life and woke up to eternal life . Let us spend our earthly life in a manner that will profit us eternal life.
SAINT LAWRENCE, PATRON SAINT OF OWNERS AND WORKERS OF FOOD BUSINESSES, PRAY FOR US!
Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, the grace to quench the flames of our vices, Thou who didst enable blessed Lawrence to overcome his fiery torments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.