Give Fully of Yourself
How much are you prepared to give? Think about it, when it comes to giving, be that gifts, your time, love, energy, how much will you give? Will you put everything on the table and truly make your best effort to be giving, not partially distracted, or holding anything back out of personal greed? Really think about it. So often we will get ahead of ourselves, give time and efforts helping with one thing after the other, filling our time up completely. But when it comes time to follow through, we get overwhelmed by the amount we've taken on, and start slacking in our priorities. When it comes to giving everything to be people of faith, we may make many attempts to do things that show we are devoted, but then become overwhelmed by all that we've tried to do, giving up in the process. Try giving a small part of yourself and build up from there, one thing at a time can help you bear much fruit.
Today's Gospel states:'One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house, and took his place at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he answered, "What is it, Teacher?" "A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?" Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly." Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little." And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?" And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace"' (Luke 7:36-50).
Today's reading talks about how we each need to give completely of ourselves to faith, no matter the cost. At the same time, if we try to do too much all at once, we may fall short and become exhausted, giving up before we've even really started. The key is to give where we can, and to do our very best in that area that we are giving of ourselves. It's be good to start with ensuring you attend mass, from there taking time for prayer each day, working towards being evangelistic in different areas of your life. It starts with one things at a time, and as you learn to give yourself fully in faith, you learn to give everything out of love, as Christ does for us. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you give fully of yourself in faith.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to grow in my faith. Guide me towards taking steps to fully commit myself to being Your disciple in every area of my life.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.