Dear People of God,

“Give until it hurts…..”

We have all heard this saying, but what does it mean? Did you know it comes from a larger quote from St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta?

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” “I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me, and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.” ― St. Mother Teresa

Ah! Context! It is a wonderful thing. If we give of ourselves, no matter what it is--time, resource, money, talent, -- and we do so because we are forced or coerced or feel some sort of obligation, then there is pain, grudge and regret; a selfish wish to get it all back. If, on the other hand, we give with love in service of another or a group as a whole, then even giving that is sacrificial becomes a blessing and not painful at all; we don’t even think of it again. It was just freely given. Think about how you give. How much love is in your giving? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to do good for your family? others? For your community and those whom the community serves? Take some time this week to have a conversation with Jesus about adding a dose of love to the way you give. Ask God to help you bring peace and justice to all around you. Ask the Spirit to fill you with God’s holy love. Then rejoice in your giving because “ Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

Have a blessed week,

Bernie

P.S. Be especially mindful today of those who really have given of themselves to keep our freedom and the rights we enjoy each day. Say a special prayer for our veterans today.