Be Generous and Good Hearted

Lots of soil

Greetings on this the Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: 1 Tm 6:13-16; PS 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5; Lk 8:4-15
Notes: Be Generous and Good Hearted? “Are you kidding me?”, some might say.

But, Yes!

Being generous and good hearted is a decision not a state of being. At least not entirely.

A decision becomes a state of being. A state of being reinforces the decision.

First reading
Keep the commandment without stain or reproach
until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ.

[He is] the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Responsorial Psalm
Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.

Alleluia Verse
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.

Gospel Portion
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil,
they are the ones who, when they have heard the word,
embrace it with a generous and good heart,
and bear fruit through perseverance.”

A willingness to allow the Lord to change you and use you for the harvest is a key component to evangelization. For this to happen one must embrace the Good News with a generous and good heart.

In the responsorial portion today we can see hints as to how one can have a generous and good heart toward the Lord, who provides:

  • Come before the Lord in joyful song – our spirits are always lifted by good spiritual music.
  • Serve the Lord with gladness – at least not too grumpy. Feeding the hungry is serving the Lord.
  • Know the Lord is God – our Creator and our good Shepherd.
  • Thankful to the Lord – for all what He has done.
  • Bless the Lord – offer your own blessing to the Lord (as like a child kisses his mother).
  • Trust his kindness – which is forever.
  • Rely on His faithfulness – which is for all generations.

These are the elements of a Generous and Good Hearted toward the Lord.
Where seed take root.
And produce much fruit.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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