Don't Be Greedy
Do you ever take more than you need? When it comes to the sinful nature of greed, we can get lost in ourselves and forget about those in need. It's scary just how many times in a day we can say 'I', or think of ourselves as priority. Being healthy, emotionally, physically, mentally and in every sense of the word is priority, but taking too much time for ourselves beyond this pulls us from the community God wants us to be apart of. It's so easy to focus on 'me' first, which is very strange considering we're created in a community of people that depend and rely on one another to live. What's one thing that you can give up in order to give more time and energy to the community?
Today's Gospel states: 'He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury; and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins. And he said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had"' (Luke 21:1-4).
Today's reading talks about the widow who puts in money for your he treasury probably the money she'd be living on for days. The men criticize her for the small amount she could give, yet Jesus rebukes them, saying she put in more than any of them. Hers was a gift of generosity, thinking beyond her own need, and putting others as top priority. We too are to be like this woman. This doesn't mean you need to give everything you have so you live poor. It means we need to live lives of love, constantly making sacrifices for others, even if it means less material goods, and time, for ourselves. Take some time to ask God to help you to overcome personal greed and be generously giving towards others.
Today we pray:
Thank You for everything and everyone You have given me in my life. Help me to think and say 'me' less in the day, and focus on giving and helping others instead.
I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.