Generous in Faith
One of Jesus' main teachings was that we need to be people of service, especially for the poor. However, how can we be generous if we struggle to provide for ourselves? In this case, what do we do in order to be generous then? Helping others in need has more to do with giving one's time and opening one's heart to them than giving of money and things. Being people of faith, this is very important, considering we are to walk by faith, sharing our faith in Jesus with the world. This can be visible through the way we interact with those in need, those seeking more in life.
In today's first reading it states: 'Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at that gate of the temple which is called Beautiful to ask alms of those who entered the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, with John, and said, "Look at us." And he fixed his attention upon them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, "I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and walked and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him' (Acts 3:1-10).
Peter tells the man that though he has no wealth to help him, he will give him what he has, what will truly help. In Jesus' very name, Peter is able to make this man walk, giving him strength through faith alone and giving his time to listen and hope. Through faith, we can do great things, whether that be working in a career that inspires people to come to Jesus, or working miracles as Peter did. Take time today to give yourself, your love to someone who needs help, who needs faith.
Today's prayer comes from 'Ignatian Spirituality' a prayer to be generous:
Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to look for any reward, save that of knowing that I do your holy will.Amen.