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Have a Loving Heart

Do you ever go to help someone in need, and then think differently and walk away? Maybe afraid of the possibility that they'll refuse your help. Maybe they're not someone you actually know, and don't want to talk to a stranger. Maybe it's refusing to put money into the offertory basket at church on the grounds that 'you don't have the money to contribute right now', yet you make an early morning coffee run each day of the week, sometimes twice a day. Time is a precious thing, and we need to use it wisely, especially when it comes to helping others. As we prepare for Jesus ' coming over the Advent season, try to think of some ways you can offer yourself to helping others, even if it means giving up something like a morning coffee run, or getting home for some free time after work. God gave everything for us, and it's important we offer ourselves to the good of the world in the same way.

Today's Gospel states:'And Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way." And the disciples said to him, "Where are we to get bread enough in the desert to feed so great a crowd?" And Jesus said to them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish." And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over' (Matthew 15:29-37).

Today's reading talks about having compassion, and the necessity to help others even when we may not feel we're able. Jesus tells them there will be enough, taking what little they had and multiplied it for the many. Everyone was full. This reading shows us that helping those in need is so rewarding, especially if we can make what seems like a great sacrifice, in order to give of our time and energy. When you lend a helping hand, everyone feels happy, and loved. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you dedicate yourself, and make some minor sacrifices this Advent season to help those who need God's love.

Today we pray:

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your only Son for me, for the world, so that we may be restored in Your love and life. Help me to make some sacrifices this Advent so to help those who need Your love, in the same way Jesus died for me.

I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.


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