Gospel: Mt 10:37-42
Whoever loves father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me. And whoever loves son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me, is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life, for my sake, will find it.
“Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes him who sent me. The one who welcomes a prophet, as a prophet, will receive the reward of a prophet; the one who welcomes a just man, because he is a just man, will receive the reward of a just man. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is my disciple, I assure you, he will not go unrewarded.“
Read: Jesus assures reward for generous giving in the name of God. Elisha’s experience is a case in point. Dying with Christ results in sharing in his resurrection as well.
Reflect: The worldly wisdom tells us to be cautious about giving and giving up: “A bird in hand is worth two in the bush,“ it advices. But the Gospel invitation goes against the worldly grain. For the Gospel encourages us to give up what we have now to find what God has in store for us. It requires courage and faith. Do I dare?
Pray: Lord, give me the courage to love you beyond everything and to give up everything for the sheer gift of having you.
Act: Share some of your resource with someone in need, in the name of God.