What kind of giver are you?

GratitudeThe first reading for today poses an ever important question asking what kind of giver we are. St. Paul writes: “Brothers and sisters: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” God loves a cheerful giver? But then God loves a grumpy giver under the rubric that God loves us all. But parents love all their children equally but on any given day probably like some more than others. As children we all have the experience that we are so sure our parents love one of our siblings more than they love us. It is probably one of those days that, as children, we are not at the topic of the “like list,” even as we are unaware we are ever at the top of their love list. It is those days that are probably more revealing about ourselves on that day when we are (a) forgetful about all that our parents have done/are doing for us and are (b) operating in the “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” mode. Kids are that way. People are that way. Continue reading

The Visitation

VisitationThis coming Sunday is the Solemnity of the Assumption. The gospel is taken from the Infancy Narratives of Luke’s Gospel. The first part of the gospel is traditionally known as the Visitation.

39 During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, 42 cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”  (Luke 1:39-16)

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